Mai, 24 – July, 28 2019
Opening: Thursday, May, 23 2019, 19:00 Uhr
Women make up a large proportion of migrant workers, yet their stories are largely left out of the official histories and archives.GUESTures, a solo exhibition by Margareta Kern critically questions historical and gendered constructions of the figure of ‘guest-worker’, opening up themes of migration, precarisation of work and visibility of women’s labour.
Displayed as an installation of connected works, the exhibition contains personal photographs, interview excerpts and lettersfrom the women the artist met and interviewed in Berlin, who arrived from Yugoslavia in the late 1960s to work in factories making televisions and radios. Central to the exhibition is a two-channel video installation, that posits two performances next to each other. On one screen we see an actress re-enacting the stories of three women, while on the second screen we see the artist hand-drawing objects that appear in each woman’s narration. Archive footage of television circuit boards assembled in a Siemens factory splices through the performances on screen, as does the news report of Tito's visit to Germany in 1978. Thus, there is a constant doubling-up at play: of memories and narratives, of time, of home, and of the image.
GUESTures opens up questions about the role of Museums in archiving migration, its mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion and its potentiality as a counter-archive.
Margareta Kern is a visual artist whose work responds to new systems of techno-military power, often drawing on her personal history shaped by migration. Her multi-layered work incorporates film, photography, installation, drawing and performance-lecture. Originally from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kern has been based in the UK since 1992. She graduated in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College and in Visual Anthropology from University College London. Her work has been exhibited extensively and she is a recipient of several project grants and awards. She is a lecturer at Falmouth University, and currently an artist-in-residence at Birkbeck School of Law. www.margaretakern.com
4. Mai bis 14. Juni 2019
Die Geschichte von Friedrichshain ist bewegt und vielschichtig; genauso vielfältig sind seine Bewohner*innen.
Um diesen Geschichten und Erinnerungen nachzuspüren, kommt das FHXB Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg Museum ab dem 4. Mai für sechs Wochen nach Friedrichshain. Im WerkRaum der Pablo-Neruda-Bibliothek richten wir das Museumslabor ein.
Dort möchten wir mit den alten und neuen Bewohner*innen zusammen forschen und bisher ungehörte, unerzählte, widerständige und eigensinnige Friedrichshainer Erinnerungen sammeln. Im Museumslabor wird daraus eine gemeinsame Ausstellung, die im Laufe der Zeit wachsen wird.
Dazu benötigen wir Ihre Unterstützung – wir laden Sie in das Museumslabor ein, um Ihre Erinnerungen über das Gestern und das Heute, über besondere Ereignisse und das ganz alltägliche Leben in Friedrichshain mit uns zu teilen.
Wir freuen uns, wenn Sie Ihre Fotografien, Gegenstände, Tonaufnahmen u. Ä. mitbringen.
Mit Erzählcafés, Vorträgen und offenen Terminen vor Ort:
montags 14.00 – 19.00 Uhr
mittwochs 14.00 – 18.00 Uhr
freitags 14.00 – 16.30 Uhr
samstags 11.00 – 15.30 Uhr
Das Museumslabor ist am Pfingstmontag geschlossen!
Ein detailliertes Programm finden Sie in diesem PDF.
Ansprechperson: Laura Voigt
Frankfurter Allee 14A, Erdgeschoss
November, 9 2018 – July, 28 2019
During the 1918/19 Revolution, Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg played a central as two districts whose population were very much involved in the fight for peace, freedom and bread. In addition to more prominent subjects such as the occupation of the Vorwärts newspaper building in January 1919 or the establishment of the first Workers’ Council in the Knorr-Bremse AG factory, in this special exhibition, the FHXB Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg Museum also takes a closer look at topics that are less generally well-known in our collective memory. These include the peace movement, attending to the wounded following the fights that ensued at the city’s makeshift barricades and the role of working-class women in the run-up to and during the Revolution.
The topics are located, both in digital and analogue form, on a city plan that is laid out on the museum floor in the permanent exhibition “ortsgespräche” (a wordplay in German between local call/talking about places). Using your own smartphone or with a tablet provided by us on loan, visitors can walk across the district, as it were, and at certain marked spots can see and listen to the events that happened before and during the Revolution.
Eye-witness reports, letters, diary entries, films or historical postcards provide a detailed insight into the revolutionary happenings.
Action Room Revolution
Accompanying the Peace, Freedom, Bread! Exhibition, the FHXB Museum is presenting an action room on the second floor. Together with the visitors, we will be examining there more recent and future revolutions in relation to the 1918/19 Revolution. School pupils will be producing revolutionary newspapers and posters in the museum printshop and these will be shown in the Action Room. Parallel to this, the visitors, together with the Institut für Widerstand im Postfordismus (Institute for Resistance in Post-Fordism), will collectively research into future revolutions and produce their own revolutionary postcards. A research area with books, newspapers and information brochures allows visitors to take a more in-depth look at the exhibition theme.
The exhibition is part of Berlin’s thematic winter on 100 Years of Revolution – Berlin 1918/19 and is funded by the LOTTO-Stiftung Berlin.