Narrative Saloon and Performative Lecture

• 04​ 06​ 2019 •
Sicily Express – Memory Lab goes M. S. Kalk / The Route(s) of Italian Migration MEMORY LAB #3


ATTENTION! Originally the event "Memory Lab meets Sicily Express" was scheduled for May 25th at 19:00. This event was postponed to June 4th!

With VINCENZO ANTONA, GIUSEPPE BARTOLOTTA, ANTONELLA GIURANO, BORIS SIEVERTS and other guests from the Italian community of Cologne
Moderation: Aurora Rodonò

Venue: Square before the Alter Bahnhof Kalk, Gottfried-Hagen-Straße, 51105 Cologne

In german and italian language with translation
Free admission


Under the city motorway at the foot of the Kalkberg and at the old railway station in Cologne-Kalk, you can sometimes see the trucks of Sicilian food importers. From the truck beds, they sell preserves in jars and cans, vacuum-packed salami and cheese, wine and artichokes. On the return journey to Sicily, the transporters carry small and large parcels from the numerous Italians living in the district. Cologne-Kalk is a centre of the Italian community in North Rhine-Westphalia and in all of Germany. Since the 1950s and to the present day, the district has been particularly attractive to people from the south of Italy. The “Sicily Express” takes us on an imaginary journey from Sicily to Kalk and back. In an interview, importers and their customers as well as other Italians in Cologne tell AURORA RODONÒ what connects them to the two places and why it is so nice to come to Kalk on Saturday to buy Italian delicacies. While they share stories from the everyday life of Italian migrants in Germany, BORIS SIEVERTS accompanies them on Google Earth.


VINCENZO ANTONA operates Autotrasporti Internazionali Italia – Germania, an import and export company that transports goods between Germany and Italy/Sicily for the Italian community in Germany and their relatives in Italy.

GIUSEPPE BARTOLOTTA works for the Patronato ITAL-UIL welfare organization and chairs the committee for Italians abroad, Comitato degli italiani all'estero. He is also a member of the Italian cultural association Mondo Aperto/Offene Welt e.V. He dreams of retiring to Sicily, where he comes from, and loves to salsa.

ANTONELLA GIURANO is founder of the Italian cultural association Mondo Aperto/Offene Welt e.V., member of the women’s association Buntes FrauenNetzwerk e.V. and of the Integration Council Cologne. On Saturdays, she likes to go shopping for Italian food in Cologne-Kalk, for example, at the delicatessen IAIA, where you can get the typical fennel salsiccia (sausage). She’s originally from Sardinia.

MONDO APERTO/OFFENE WELT e.V. is a cultural association in the South of Cologne that promotes transcultural dialogue, organising numerous concerts, readings and workshops for Italians and all other interested members of a multicultural society.

BORIS SIEVERTS (*1969) studied at the Düsseldorf Art Academy. Since 1997, he has been guiding locals and tourists through the grey zones of urban space with his Büro für Städtereisen (City Breaks Agency). He uses sophisticated sequences of space to create scenic contexts connecting otherwise extremely disparate environments. In addition to working with tourists, the agency develops visions and further interpretations of the environments under research, feeding them into spatial planning and the cultural sector.

AURORA RODONÒ is a freelance cultural worker in the fields of art, film, migration and anti-racism. She also lectures at the Institute for Art and Art Theory/University of Cologne. From 2012 to 2014, she was a project consultant at the Academy of the Arts of the World; from 2003 to 2006, a research assistant at the research and exhibition venture “Project Migration” (Cologne 2005). She participates in the initiative “Unravelling NSU Complex” Tribunal.


The Memory Lab is funded by the Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb.

A series of events of the Akademie der Künste der Welt in cooperation with DOMiD – Documentation Centre and Museum of Migration in Germany