Between there and there
Anatomy of temporary migrations
The exhibition Between There and There: Anatomy of Temporary Migrations has ensued from the interdisciplinary, anthropological and artistic authorial collaboration of curators Irena Bekić and Duga Mavrinac. The project explores personal stories, social and cultural processes created during the movements of temporary migrations of different migrant groups, such as domestic workers and caretakers, physical and seasonal workers, artists in residence, etc. As opposed to the domineering discourse in public space on refugees, asylum seekers and their suffering, we seek to draw attention to the groups of invisible migrants – the people from our community, our neighbours, acquaintances and family members – who are mostly left to developing coping tactics of their own, but also to the prejudices of the community from which/in which they arrive.
In the analyses of temporary migrations, policies and methods of integration of migrants are problematized the most, while the analysis and recourses from the so-called “countries of departure” are often neglected or omitted altogether. Therefore the exhibition is focused on three aspects: the tension of being on two addresses, the invisibility in public space and everyday life, and the processes and transformations in countries of departure. The artistic productions of ten authors, the educational museum workshops and workshops with students, the student-guided tours, the meetings with artists and the roundtable Temporary Migrations – Liminality, Vulnerability and Work all serve as a platform for the research of migration processes, including the collaboration of migration groups, their activation and the possibility of networking. The exhibition questions contemporary migration processes in countries marked by long-term migrations, Croatia and Romania, and the application of the notions of otherness, closeness, tolerance and mobility in the questioning of continuous movements of workers toward western European countries.
The artworks, created in the period from the 2000s until today, thematically encompass the contemporary temporary migrations and those from the beginning of the past century, or elaborate the question of territorial political boundaries by bearing witness on the constancy of the phenomenon, as well as the long-term artistic preoccupation with the subject beyond its current actualisation.
The main framework of the project is the potential capacity of the alliance of cultural anthropology and art, the closeness in their active and dynamic role toward own action, and the seeking and finding of new methods, forms of presentation, settings and metaphors of deliberation on contemporaneity. The collaborative method is established at the level of curating of this project and the individual collaborative projects, making this collaboration the basic principle in the construction of the exhibition. It corresponds to the solidarity established between the migrants on an uncertain market, in informal work relationships, and twofold being and belonging.
The following ten artists have taken part in the exhibition: Tomislav Brajnović (HR), Danica Dakić (BIH), Larisa David (RO), h.arta group (RO), Silvia Hell (IT), Nicole Hewitt (HR), Ana Hušman (HR), Božena Končić Badurina (HR), Andreja Kulunčić (HR), Veda Popovici (RO), Sandra Sterle (HR).
Project collaborators: Škart (design and visual identity), Centre for Peace Studies (workshop organisers and roundtable collaborators), Group 484 (roundtable participants), BRID (workshop organisers and roundtable collaborators) and MAZ (workshop organisers and roundtable collaborators). We would like to extend special acknowledgement to the storytellers and research interviewees for their indispensable contribution.
The exhibition has been co-financed by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, the Kultura Nova Foundation, and the EU project RISK CHANGE.