We are from here. Turkish-German Life in 1990

Photographs by Ergun Çağatay

Looking beyond the turmoil of reunification and the World Cup, Ergun Çağatay’s pictures present Turkish-German perspectives on the year 1990.

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  • Wartesaal in der Hamburger Ausländerbehörde im Bieber-Haus, Hamburg-St. Georg
    © Ergun Çağatay/Fotoarchiv Ruhr Museum/Stadtmuseum Berlin/Stiftung Historische Museen Hamburg

    Wartesaal in der Hamburger Ausländerbehörde im Bieber-Haus, Hamburg-St. Georg

  • Türkische Fraueninitiative auf der Kundgebung gegen den Entwurf des neuen Ausländergesetzes, Hamburg, 31.3.1990
    © Ergun Çağatay/Fotoarchiv Ruhr Museum/Stadtmuseum Berlin/Stiftung Historische Museen Hamburg

    Türkische Fraueninitiative auf der Kundgebung gegen den Entwurf des neuen Ausländergesetzes, Hamburg, 31.3.1990

  • Lautsprecherinstallation an einem Türflügel, Fließband bei Ford, Köln-Niehl
    © Ergun Çağatay/Fotoarchiv Ruhr Museum/Stadtmuseum Berlin/Stiftung Historische Museen Hamburg

    Lautsprecherinstallation an einem Türflügel, Fließband bei Ford, Köln-Niehl

  • Hochzeitslimousine mit Brautpuppendekoration, Berlin-Schöneberg
    © Ergun Çağatay/Fotoarchiv Ruhr Museum/Stadtmuseum Berlin/Stiftung Historische Museen Hamburg

    Hochzeitslimousine mit Brautpuppendekoration, Berlin-Schöneberg

  • Selbstbildnis des Fotojournalisten Ergun Çağatay in Grubenkleidung vor Beginn der „Anfahrt“, Bergwerk Walsum, Duisburg
    © Ergun Çağatay/Fotoarchiv Ruhr Museum/Stadtmuseum Berlin/Stiftung Historische Museen Hamburg

    Selbstbildnis des Fotojournalisten Ergun Çağatay in Grubenkleidung vor Beginn der „Anfahrt“, Bergwerk Walsum, Duisburg

  • Graffiti und wilde Plakatierung am „Zentrum Kreuzberg“, dem Gebäuderiegel an und über der Adalbertstraße am Kottbusser Tor, Berlin-Kreuzberg
    © Ergun Çağatay/Fotoarchiv Ruhr Museum/Stadtmuseum Berlin/Stiftung Historische Museen Hamburg

    Graffiti und wilde Plakatierung am „Zentrum Kreuzberg“, dem Gebäuderiegel an und über der Adalbertstraße am Kottbusser Tor, Berlin-Kreuzberg

  • Improvisierter Döner-Imbiss in der Säulenmensa der Humboldt-Universität, Unter den Linden, Berlin-Mitte
    © Ergun Çağatay/Fotoarchiv Ruhr Museum/Stadtmuseum Berlin/Stiftung Historische Museen Hamburg

    Improvisierter Döner-Imbiss in der Säulenmensa der Humboldt-Universität, Unter den Linden, Berlin-Mitte

  • Bergmann mit Druckluftsteuerung bei der Transportarbeit, Bergwerk Walsum, Duisburg
    © Ergun Çağatay/Fotoarchiv Ruhr Museum/Stadtmuseum Berlin/Stiftung Historische Museen Hamburg

    Bergmann mit Druckluftsteuerung bei der Transportarbeit, Bergwerk Walsum, Duisburg

The Istanbul based photographer Ergun Çağatay (1937–2018) has been credited with creating the most comprehensive photographic documentation of Turkish-German immigration and life within the Turkish community in Germany. Between the end of March and the beginning of May of 1990, he took 3.477 pictures during visits to Hamburg, Cologne, Werl, Berlin and Duisburg

The MEK will show a selection of these photographs from 8 July 2022 to 7 February 2023, taking us into the lives of the first and second generations of Turkish migrant workers. With his work, Çağatay paints a diverse picture of Turkish-German realities. The photographs are a unique testimony to the immigration society and offer an important perspective on the political and social transitions of the early 1990s. As such, his pictures are a contribution to contemporary culture of remembrance that far too often still fails to include immigrants and their perspectives.

An exhibition project of the Ruhr Museum, Essen in cooperation with the Museum for Hamburg History and the Museum Europäischer Kulturen – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, and the Goethe-Institut, Istanbul.
Supported by the Federal Foreign Office, the RAG-Stiftung and the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung

The magazine to accompany the exhibition
The magazine “Wir sind hier.“ (PDF 7.4 MB) was published to mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of the German-Turkish recruitment agreement under the patronage of Michelle Müntefering, Minister of State for International Cultural Policy at the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Across 72 pages, editor Dr. Alexandra Nocke gives voice to the third and fourth generations of people of Turkish origin. These include the journalist Ferda Ataman, social activist Ali Can, CORRECTIV journalist Hüdaverdi Güngör, slam poet Aylin Celik and writer Dilek Güngör. Their essays are accompanied by images from first to fourth generation Turkish inhabitants in Germany by various photographers, including Henning Christoph, Candida Höfer, Guenay Ulutuncok, Mehmet Ünal or Metin Yılmaz.

The magazine was funded by the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the RAG Foundation. The included texts are written in German and partially in Turkish.

A special exhibition of the Museum Europäischer Kulturen, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.

Biz Buralıyız. Türk-Alman Yaşamı 1990. Ergun Çağatay Fotoğrafları.

Yalnızca birlik çılgınlığı ve dünya şampiyonluğu mu? Ergun Çağatay'ın fotoğrafları, 1990 yılını Türk-Alman bakışıyla ele alıyor.

1990'lı yılların başında İstanbullu fotoğrafçı Ergun Çağatay (1937-2018) birçok Alman şehrini ziyaret etti. Sonuç olarak, Türk göçüne ve Almanya'daki Türkiye kökenli insanların varlığına ilişkin en kapsamlı foto-röportaj serisi ortaya çıktı. 2022 yazından itibaren Avrupa Kültürleri Müzesi (MEK), bizi birinci ve ikinci nesil Türk göçmen işçilerin dünyalarına götürecek bu 3.477 kayıttan bir seçki gösterecek.

Çağatay'ın fotoğrafları göçmen toplumunun benzersiz tanıkları olarak Alman-Türk gerçeklerinin çeşitlilik barındıran bir resmini çiziyor ve 1990'ların başındaki siyasi ve sosyal çalkantılara önemli bir bakış açısı sunuyor. Böylece bu kareler, göç etmiş insanların deneyimlerini de dahil ederek çağdaş bir anma kültürüne de katkı sağlıyor.

Essen Ruhr Müzes’nin bir projesi olan bu sergi Hamburg Tarih Müzesi, Avrupa Kültürleri Müzesi (Berlin Devlet Müzeleri) ve İstanbul Goethe Enstitüsü işbirliğiyle; Federal Dışişleri Bakanlığı, RAG Vakfı ve Alfried Krupp von Bohlen ve Halbach Vakfı destekleriyle gerçekleştiriliyor.

DERGİ
“Biz Buralıyız“ (PDF, 7,4 MB) isimli dergi Alman-Türk İş Gücü Anlaşması’nın 60. yıl dönümü vesilesiyle uluslararası kültür politikalarından sorumlu Devlet Bakanı Michelle Müntefering’in himayesi altında yayımlanmıştır. Derginin yayımcısı Dr. Alexandra Nocke 72 sayfalık dergide Türkiye asıllı üçüncü ve dördüncü kuşaklara makaleleri aracılığıyla söz hakkı veriyor. Bu kişiler arasında gazeteci Ferda Ataman, Essen'den sosyal aktivist Ali Can, CORRECTIV’den gazeteci Hüdaverdi Güngör, slam şairi Aylin Çelik ve yazar Dilek Güngör yer alıyor.

Makalelere Henning Christoph, Candida Höfer, Guenay Ulutuncok, Mehmet Ünal ve Metin Yılmaz'ın da aralarında bulunduğu çeşitli fotoğrafçıların birinci kuşaktan dördüncü kuşağa kadar fotoğrafları eşlik ediyor.

Dergi, Federal Dışişleri Bakanlığı ve RAG-Stiftung tarafından finanse edildi. Almanca ve kısmen Türkçe olarak hazırlandı. Basım 15.000 adettir. Almanya'daki proje partneri müzelerden veya adresinden ücretsiz olarak indirilebilir.

Avrupa Kültürleri Müzesi (Berlin Devlet Müzeleri)’nin bir özel sergisidir.

Runtime: Fri, 08/07/2022 to Tue, 07/02/2023

Price info: Admission ticket. Museum Europäischer Kulturen

Price: €8.00

Reduced price: €4.00

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