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)