Through walks, meals, conversations, and workshops we explore moments of cultural hybridity that reflect the complex contemporary identities of the Tees Valley residents. Working inside and outside of the museum, we host experts in various topics who tell different stories of cultural influence and exchange.
Dual language gallery tours
These gallery tours are led by staff and people who are fluent in the Tees Valley’s non-English languages, including Arabic, Farsi, Panjabi, Tigrinya, and Urdu. These sessions offer insights into different themes and approaches within the exhibition.
Community Day lunch
The Community Day lunch is an opportunity for different people to meet and share ideas over a communal meal. Catering is provided by The Other Perspective, a Community Interest Company that employs people from refugee backgrounds.
A History not Written
Three workshops with classes of pupils with mixed – local and migratory – backgrounds and students from the Institute for Art Education will be carried out as a common learning process examining the history of labour migration to Austria, drawing on expertise from first generation immigrants. This is because there is currently very little awareness about the original nature of labour migration as the organized import of workers, both in minority and majority societies. This project will allow a relativisation of the hierarchical roles of young teachers / students and pupils, as both groups start from a lack of knowledge and will go through a common, or even mutual, learning process.
Community-oriented Guided Tours
In weekly appointments, each of the co-curators from migrant communities plus the curators, resident artist, and experts from our institutional partners (University Vienna and Wien museum) will have a guided tour through the exhibition. The tours will be held bilingual, in the language of the respective co-curator + German, and be promoted within migrant communities.
Moderna galerija has a long-term relationship with the Livada elementary school, the school with the highest percent of non-Slovene pupils in the country. It is located in a suburban area to the south of Ljubljana called Rakova Jelša, where there used to be the largest unregulated settlement of migrants from Bosnia after the Balkan War in the 1990s. The majority of pupils in the school come from Bosnia, and most of them still do not speak Slovene well. The number of new pupils increased in the last year with the children of the asylum seekers from Syria, Iran, and Afghanistan, who live in the nearby asylum home in Vič.
Since there is such an ethnically diverse group of pupils, we will organise activities that can complement their regular school lessons. In the school as well as in our museum we will organise four workshops to create social games from all parts of the world, especially from the countries the pupils come from. Participating pupils will choose and create the games themselves, with the assistance of their teacher from the Livada elementary school Natalija Veselič Martinjak and the museum educators, Dana Terzić, Maruša Meglič, Anja Radovič, together with the architect and activist Tanja Završki. The working methodology stimulates co-learning instead of competition, creativity, spontaneity, self-confidence, a positive self-image, and persistence.
Saturday, 24 November 2018, Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, Ljubljana
First of four workshops with the Livada elementary school pupils and their teacher. First social game concentrated on the European cities where the participants would like to live. They chose their favourite buildings and made models. The game will be focused on who will reach her favourite building first. Photo: Dana Terzić
Saturday, 15 December 2018, Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, Ljubljana
The second workshop was focused on creation of gigantic puzzle, consisted of individual pieces, made by participants, who created spaces of their imagination. The materials they used were paint and textile. Photo: Adela Železnik
Conversations / Guided Tours
We are planning guided tours and conversations by curators, artists in residence, as well as the migrants who participated in the process of making the exhibition. These events will be held in the migrants’ native languages (mostly Arabic and Farsi), and translations will be provided.
Students from the Faculty of Social Work and those studying anthropology and ethnography, with whom we regularly cooperate, will organise a series of interviews with representatives of migrants of different generations and genders. The interviews will take place in the newly opened +Kantina MSUM (a cafe run by a group of migrants from Africa). Translations will be provided, and the interviews will be recorded and later embedded in the online platform.
There is a book of stories from non-aligned countries, mostly from Africa and Asia, entitled Igra u Ačimoti / The (Children’s) Play in Achimota, written in Serbian by Mirko Vujačić, an ambassador in Accra, Ghana, in 1980. It is a selection of short stories he collected while living in Africa and later in Asia. The stories are written in a very objective way, without patronising or taking the all-knowing position of a white man. These stories are related to a famous co-educational boarding school that was established in Achimota, promoting co-learning on a basis of all students being equal. We will organise a series of workshops at the museum with the families of asylum seekers from the Asylum Vič (mostly children and their mothers), and with the interested members of the museums children’s club (the “Minimalists”). We will choose some stories from the book, some from the national heritage of Slovenia, and some suggested by the participants themselves. We will look for those that can be associated with some basic terms and concepts, such as friendship, courage, fear, and respect. With the help of migrants collaborating in the project we will translate the stories into languages of the participating children and their mothers. We will then ask the children to illustrate the stories, and some of them will be also animated. The workshop will be led by the education department of the Moderna galerija (Lucija Cvjetković), in cooperation with the Institute for African Studies (IAS), as well as the animation artists Zarja Menart and Andreja Goetz from the Elephant Educational Animation Film Program.
The mediation programme will accompany the exhibition in the form of a series of workshops with high-school pupils. The main focus of the workshop program will be the period of 1990s that is currently neglected within the local educational system, although it is the main reason for the xenophobic attitudes that are frequent among the generations that were born in the post-war period in Serbia. The workshops will try to tackle this issue, focusing on refugees that came to Serbia during the 1990s, as well as on internally displaced persons and asylum seekers. This topic will be a base for developing a dialogue about the dissolution of Yugoslavia and the war that followed this process, as well as for contextualization of this war within the local public sphere, and about the relationship between the migrations in the 1990s and the present day.