KunstBewusst, Sonderausstellungen, Vortrag

“Here, take a picture!” Photography and Memory of Migration

Dr. Ela Kacel

This talk will be held as part of the exhibition “In Situ: Photo Stories on Migration”
(19.6.–3.10.2021) at Museum Ludwig, Cologne

Private photographs and their stories narrated by their makers and protagonists are placed at the center of the exhibition In Situ, through which a new public as well as curatorial context is given to the photographing practices of migrant workers in Cologne and other cities in the Rhineland. In her talk, co-curator Ela Kaçel will highlight some key conceptual questions regarding the localization and place-related memories of migration via the photographs and memory images of the protagonists that are presented in the exhibition.

• Ela Kaçel is architect, architectural historian and curator. After studying architecture at YTU in Istanbul and at the AA in London, she received her PhD in the History of Architecture from Cornell University in 2009. As a Humboldt Fellow, she has lectured at RWTH Aachen in the Department of Architectural Theory and researched in the Institute for European Ethnology at the Humboldt University of Berlin. She has lately worked as guest curator at Museum Ludwig and taught as Associate Professor at the Faculty of Architecture and Design of Bahcesehir University. Her recent publications include the thematic issue of Candide: Journal for Architectural Knowledge on photography and visual urbanism (No.12, 2021) co-edited with Axel Sowa and the exhibition catalogue In Situ: Photo Stories on Migration co-edited with Barbara Engelbach (Cologne 2021).


“Hier, mach mal ein Bild!” Fotografie und Gedächtnis der Migration
Vortrag in englischer Sprache anlässlich der Ausstellung „Vor Ort“

Private Fotografien und ihre Geschichten, die von ihren Macher*innen und Protagonist*innen erzählt werden, stehen im Mittelpunkt der Ausstellung Vor Ort, die einen neuen öffentlichen und kuratorischen Kontext für die Praxen des Fotografierens von Arbeitsmigrant*innen in Köln und anderen Städten im Rheinland bietet. In ihrem Vortrag wird die Co-Kuratorin Ela Kaçel anhand der in der Ausstellung präsentierten Fotografien und Erinnerungsbilder der Protagonist*innen einige wesentliche konzeptionelle Fragen zu möglichen Verortungsformen der Migration und die ortsbezogenen Erinnerungen an sie vorstellen und diskutieren.


Ali Kanatlı mit einem Freund am Aachener Weiher, Köln, 1965; © DOMiD-Archiv, Köln