Arts and cultural activities, Migration



Who is behind this?

Can Sungu

bi'bak e.V.


Who is joining forces?

K2 Guncel Sanat Merkezi


DEPO Istanbul


Daughters and Sons of Gastarbeiters


Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

The exhibition project focuses on the highway route between Germany & Turkey which is mostly used by Turkish immigrants since 1960s.We are interested not only in the physical space between the two places but also in the emotional space in which concepts of culture,identity,and community rapidly interchange.The outcome of the on-site research will be presented in an audio-visual installation and in a book.In the parallel program,we light up the subject with screenings,talks and community evenings

Where will your idea take place?

Berlin, Germany - Istanbul, Izmir, Turkey

Why does Europe need your idea?

We challenge to examine the past, present and the future of Europe, taking the transit route between Germany and Turkey as a subject. This is an issue in the European migration history which is very underestimated or thematized in a very superficial level. We want to create an awareness about the untold stories of German-Turkish history and offer refreshing and mind-opening perspectives on the on-going debates around the migrant communities living in Europe.

What is your impact?

We want to propose innovative perspectives on the debate about migration in Europe, integration and identity issues. Morely, the project attempts to establish a connection between the local and global history, reflecting the subjective stories of the generation of the so-called “guest workers” who are the crucial actors of the European migration history. With the focus on the transit route, we will also address some other aspects of immigration such as discrimination, exploitation of labor, etc

How do you get there?

We will start with artistic research on the highway with a collection of different sound and video material and conduct several interviews with the travelers. This will be followed by further interviews in Berlin and an archival research (DOMiD in Cologne, family archives) overall Germany. In the artistic workshop CONVOY B-34, we will work together with the children who already have been on the road to Turkey with their families and get known the perspective of the younger generation on the subject. Upon all the research we will work on the audio-visual installation and the book. The opening of the first exhibition at bi'bak/ Berlin and the book release are scheduled for Fall 2016. The exhibitions in Turkey will take place at K2/ Izmir in January 2017 and at Depo/ Istanbul in March 2017.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

We target on everybody who is interested in European history with the main focus on German-Turkish migration history. The active participation of the German-Turkish community to the project is very crucial to us. Our interview partners are mostly people with Turkish migration background coming from different European cities. Talks, screenings, and the publication will aim to bring together local communities with the culture/ art interested audience in Germany and Turkey.

What makes your idea stand apart?

We deal with an issue which is very underestimated and very rarely thematized in the European migration history. The mainstream media usually tends to rely on stereotypes and cliches in their coverage about immigration. In our project, we rely more on personal stories of older and younger generations and work with an experimental approach based on oral history respecting experiences, emotions and everyday legends. We want to give a voice to those people who have been and are still on the road.

€ 34524,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 46400,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Management / Organization / Artist fees etc. (fees, charges)- 16500 EUR Travel and accommodation costs- 7500 EUR Events and production costs - 9000 EUR Publication- 7400 EUR Advertising and PR- 1700 EUR Exhibition- 4300 EUR

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

We will happy to receive any kind of feedback, comments and critics.



Idea created on March 8, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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