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Panel: "Who we are" - Migration in the field of tension of German museums

More than 21 million people in Germany have an international history. Yet for a long time, their diverse stories were not heard in the German museum landscape and were relegated to niche programs and special exhibitions. In the meantime, a change in awareness has been heralded: diversity and cultural participation are on everyone's lips. But is this a sustainable development? In this expert discussion, experts from the museum landscape and culture will discuss how migration can be transferred to the museum and how true participation in the migration society can be achieved.

An event of the Bundeskunsthalle in cooperation with DOMiD.

Auf dem Podium

#1 Dr. Bora Akşen

Dr. Bora Akşen is deputy spokesman of the Migration Working Group of the German Museums Association. At the Focke Museum - Bremen State Museum of Art and Cultural History, he works as a curator for media and is in charge of the city lab and outreach projects there. His research and work focuses on migration history and media.

#2 Dr. Angela Jannelli

Dr. Angela Jannelli is curator for participatory museum work at the Historisches Museum Frankfurt. She coordinated the redesign of the permanent exhibitions "Frankfurt Now!" and "Typically Frankfurt," which opened in 2017. Since 2010, she has been part of the Stadtlabor, a participatory exhibition format that she helped to develop both conceptually and methodologically. Since 2012, she has been the curator in charge of the Library of Generations, an artistic memory project. Her research interests and work focus on the culture of memory in diverse society as well as theoretical museology.

#3 Cem Kaya

Cem Kaya is a filmmaker from Berlin. His latest work, Aşk, Mark ve Ölüm (Love, D-Mark and Death), is a documentary essay that tells the story of the independent and largely unknown musical culture of Turkish guest workers in Germany. The film was screened as a world premiere at the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival in February 2022 in the Panorama section, where it won the Audience Award.

#4 Sandra Vacca

Sandra Vacca is a historian and museologist. Since 2013, she has been a research assistant at the Documentation Center and Museum on Migration in Germany (DOMiD), where she has been involved in various projects, such as the Virtual Migration Museum or the mediation project "Meinwanderungsland". Currently, she is leading the project "DOMiDLabs: Labs for Participatory Museum Design" funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation in preparation for the "Haus der Einwanderungsgesellschaft" planned by DOMiD.

For re-listening: Audio recording

„Wer wir sind“ – Migration im Spannungsfeld deutscher Museen

Podiumsdiskussion in der Bundeskunsthalle
Freitag, 15. September 2023, 19 Uhr
Mit: Dr. Bora Akşen, Dr. Angela Jannelli, Cem Kaya, Sandra Vacca

Moderation: Prasanna Oommen

In Kooperation mit DOMiD (Dokumentationszentrum und Museum über die Migration in Deutschland)

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