Naija Akatarians: Nigerian Migrants in Vienna since the 1960s” is a research and an exhibition project about the lives, experiences, dreams, achievements and struggles of Nigerian migrants in Vienna. By using documents, interviews, personal objects, pictures and drawings, the exhibition displays the challenges and matter of relevance for Nigerians who came to live in Austria. What were their struggles and dreams for pursuing a life here?
The recent history of Nigerian migration (the largest group of sub-Saharan Africans in Austria) began in the late 1950s. From the Cold War era, people took the opportunity to travel abroad as the result of bilateral agreements for studying, working, pursuing civil education or Christian missions. Subsequently, people built solidarity community networks, intercultural friendship, businesses, socio-cultural initiatives, etc.
Nigerian immigrants desire/strive for a future different than the military regimes, economic sanctions, debt, austerity policies, corruption, poverty and lawlessness that they face back home. They came to Europe via legal or illegal routes, and their testimonies show how the European visa regime, ministries, embassies and gray areas of EU migration policies are entangled within it.
The project exhibition aims to stimulate questions on collecting, archiving and representation of Nigerians‘ own migration histories. It should also serve as a contribution to building an archive of migration in the Wien Museum in Vienna.
For first time the project was presented in Vienna in June 2016
Tue. June 14th to Sat. June 25th, 2016 in Kings Barbing Salon, Wimbergergasse 8, 1070 Vienna and on Thurs. June 23rd, 2016 at the Wien Museum, Karlsplatz 8, 1040 Vienna/Austria.
A project by Happy Akegbeleye, Petja Dimitrova and Clifford Erinmwionghae
supported by Shift (MA7 Wien)
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