This publication features academic and literary contributions, interviews, songs and photos which explores the impact of labor migration on the notion of motherhood from the perspectives of women migrant workers and children left-behind.
Labor migration is worldwide creating new models of the transnational family, which despite geographical distances strives to maintain contact between the separated family members. But, how is the relationship between parents and children to be redefined whenever gifts and material support take the place of shared experience? When physical closeness has to take second place to communication programs like Skype and WhatsApp? How does this changing family landscape impact children and their parents? Bitter Things retraces positions on this topic from the 1960s right up to present day perspectives.
Published on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition at Depo Istanbul, from May 18 to June 30, 2018, and at Archive Kabinett, Berlin, from September 14 to October 12, 2018.