Artıkişler (Özge Çelikaslan and Alper Şen) about their microresidency in Zagreb

Housing for migrants in the city of Kutina, Croatia © Özge Çelikaslan/Alper Şen
“Our microresidency in Zagreb was connected with our multimedia research The Residual. Developed within Actopolis, the research project focuses on two aspects; it attempts to narrate the tragic story behind the traces left behind by the flows of migrants in various cities in Syria, Iraq, Turkey and countries of the Balkans. Secondly, it reflects a strong sense of excitement about the new commoning experiences in the cities which migrants have been passing through or already left.
In Zagreb, apart from following the current migration flows in and around the city, we had the opportunity to rethink previous migration movements in the Balkans as well as historical meanings of migration and their reflections to the present. Through visits to the refugee houses in and outside the city with the participants and curator of Actopolis Zagreb, we were able to document the voyage and living conditions of migrants, including experiences of “Are You Syrious” activists, a volunteer organization, active in supporting migrants needs in the region. We wittnessed that in Zagreb and Kutina, the map of solidarity also formed itself with different motives and common practices like in Mardin, Ankara, İstanbul, İzmir, Athens, Thessaloniki, Berlin and other cities through our visual research starting from Iraq and Syria.

By the end of September, when the curator and participants of ACTOPOLIS Zagreb will be in Mardin for a visit, our discussions around these themes will be further developed.“

Visit the project page of The Residual: http://blog.goethe.de/actopolis/pages/residual_en.html





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