Suada Ada Demirovic
Video, 19 min
The work “Family Album” tells the story of my mother as a migrant. The video depicts both our hands as we go through the family album, from the year 1965 -1982; pre 1990s wartime in Yugoslavia.
My mother talks about her birthplace in Serbia, and why she relocates with her family to Macedonia in the 1960s, with the dream of becoming a permanent citizen of Turkey. The migration flow from the Balkans to Turkey took place during four historical periods, throughout the 20th century. The agreements were initially related to nation- and state- building, creating homogenous ethnic societies. Minorities of Muslim Albanians, Bosnians, Circassians, Pomaks, and Tatars, were supposedly easier to melt into a Turkish society. In 1970 my mother moved to Denmark as part of a surge of guest workers. A country she had never heard of…or even imagined to live in. Her journey begins with overcoming the language barrier, being hired as a guest worker in the Danish chocolate factory Toms.
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