We leave home, move house and start a new life. The reasons are plenty: no jobs in our own country, higher wages abroad, the unbearable cuckoo clock backwardness of those surrounding us, the eternal sparkle of the unknown. Taking the step from a first to a SECOND HOME, however, is more than the moment in which we pack our suitcases and climb on a boat, train or plane. Behind us lie our own well-known culture, traditions, family and friends, but maybe also unemployment, fear for our financial survival or boredom. Before us beckon enticing new lands: foreign languages, better job opportunities and new friendships.
Against the background of international migrants’ movements sparked by the global economic and financial crisis, Babel Berlin has carried out a more thorough investigation: What does migration mean in 21st century Europe which now counts 28 EU member states? Where do we move to and why? What is it really like to live in a SECOND HOME?
As part of the SECOND HOME PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST, organised by BABEL BERLIN in October-November 2013, 59 young photographers from more than 10 EU countries looked into the migration question and came up with surprising, thoughtful, sometimes alarming and unexpected answers. From March 2014 onwards, the SECOND HOME PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION will present the seven best submissions along with the five-part photo series Hello Crisis! (2013) by the contest winner Jean-Paul Pastor Guzmán.
Is Berlin your second home, too? Then come round and meet up with young journalists, bloggers and photographers from all over Europe who have also made Berlin their new home of choice. The SECOND HOME EXHIBITION opening will take place on March 1st 2014 from 3 to 6pm at betahaus berlin (Prinzessinenstraße 19-20, Kreuzberg). From April 7th to September 30th 2014, the exhibition will move to the Centre Marc Bloch (Friedrichstraße 191, Mitte) which will also host a panel discussion about photography and migration on April 10th.
Join the discussion! Migration has long been a decisive factor in all our lives – directly or indirectly, emotionally or geographically, for both individuals and communities. In any case, we can’t escape it: The times of cuckoo clocks and geographical roots have long been over.
Check out all SECOND HOME submissions, facts and interviews on cafebabel.co.uk.
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