Video Installation in a public space, Artist Talk

• 20​ – 21​ 09​ 2019 •
Performing the Archive MEMORY LAB #7


With BELIT SAĞ

Start: TBA

Venue: Lichtstraße Cologne-Ehrenfeld, 50825 Cologne
In English language
Free admission


Since 1990, the DOMiD (Documentation Centre and Museum of Migration in Germany) has been collecting and preserving materials on the history of migration in Germany from 1945 on, focusing on the migrants’ perspective. Its collection of social, everyday and cultural historical testimonies is unique nationwide. The association is now planning to establish a migration museum. In 2018, the DOMiD also opened a virtual museum that uses a digital app to turn the history of migration into an interactive experience. Presently, the video artist BELIT SAĞ is setting out on a hunt for traces in the DOMiD archive. Working with a multitude of photos, documents and “grey literature”, she is developing a video installation for the public space that critically questions classical representations of migration. The video installation will be shown for the first time at the CityLeaks Urban Art Festival in Cologne. In a talk, the artist gives insights into her archive work situated between art and activism.


BELIT SAĞ is a video artist living in Amsterdam. She studied mathematics in Ankara. Her video-artistic background can be traced to collaborations with video-activist collectives in Turkey, where she co-founded the art space Karahaber and the archival project bak.ma. In 2014 and 2015, she completed residencies at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam; in 2016, she was in residence at the ISCP in New York. Her works have been presented at international film festivals in Toronto, Rotterdam and New York, in the EYE film museum in Amsterdam, at the MOCA in Taipei and at the Tabakalera Film Seminar in San Sebastián.

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.
In Kooperation mit City Leaks Urban Art Festival

In cooperation with the City Leaks Urban Art Festival

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