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Exhibition at Museum Ludwig: In si­tu – Pho­to­s­to­ries on Mi­gra­tion

Pho­to­graphs of Cologne and other ci­ties in the Rhine­land from the pe­ri­od be­tween 1955 and 1989 vi­su­al­ize the con­s­tant changes brought about by the re­si­dents.


The lit­tle-known, di­verse sto­ries of mi­grant work­ers are the fo­cus of this ex­hi­bi­tion. As con­tem­po­rary wit­ness­es, they of­fer in­sight in in­ter­views. What do their per­so­n­al pho­to­graphs tell us about the ci­ty and how it was en­livened by their im­mi­gra­tion? How do streets, build­in­gs, shops, res­tau­rants, and parks be­come places of re­mem­brance, part of the ci­ty’s his­to­ry? And, in com­pari­son, what do the ci­tys­capes tak­en by Chargesheimer, Heinz Held, Can­di­da Höfer, and Ul­rich Till­mann from the col­lec­tion of the Mu­se­um Lud­wig por­tray?

Be­yond the fleet­ing ex­pe­ri­ences of ur­ban life, pho­to sto­ries on mi­gra­tion make it pos­si­ble to re­mem­ber the di­verse ways in which peo­ple find their place in a new ci­ty. The ex­hi­bi­tion is a joint pro­ject with the Doc­u­men­ta­tion Cen­ter and Mu­se­um of Mi­gra­tion in Ger­many (DO­MiD). Manuel Go­gos and Au­ro­ra Ro­donò served as cu­ra­to­rial ad­vi­sors.

Cu­ra­tors: Ela Kaçel (ar­chi­tec­tu­ral his­to­rian, and guest cu­ra­tor) and Bar­bara En­gel­bach (cu­ra­tor)

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