Objects of Hope

Stories of migrants and refugees

Two generations, one story

The boots of father, an old mortar, an electrical resistor – they seem ordinary objects, but they tell stories of fear and hope, history and the present.

16 minutes By Mira Zeehandelaar, Adinda Akkermans, Catrien Spijkerman, Emmie Kollau - Foto's Emmie Kollau

In the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's hundreds of thousands Eastern Europeans fled for political reasons to the other side of the Iron Curtain. Nowadays many people form Central Europe still leave their country, not as political refugees, but as labor migrants. Much has changed, but their motives are often the same: the prospect of a better life. Almost always migrants and refugees treasure an object from home. 

The articles and stories were previously part of the pop-up exhibition Exit / Entry, witch was on show in Amsterdam in June 2015.

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