A performative monument by Anick Messerschmitt | Eliza Kokeyan | Elvin Turgut | Franziska Windolf with quotations after Adnan Al-Dhahir, Haydar Isik, Ivan Binar, Milorad Vujovic, Wladimir Nikolajewitsch Woinowitsch | Iriet Yusuf | Iriet Yusuf and her primary school children in Giesing | Ksenia Bykovsky | Leonid Hrytsak | Liana Chernetska | Maisoun Alfarawati | Manuel Friedrich | Mariam Monga | Mehmet “Schlosser” | Miriam Worek | Natalia Shynkarova | Nicolas Wannenmacher | Olena Mytko | Pepi | Ping-Pong group | Seb | smadlmachts | Su Turhan | Viktoriia Ivasyshyna | Some, who wish to remain anonymous.

Artistic concept: Franziska Windolf
Curation: Mareike Schwarz
Performers: Lisavieta Bogushevskaya, Simone Kokou, Viviana Iacob, Franziska Windolf.

The Memory Person (they/them) acted as a performative monument in Giesing from July to October 2023.

The Memory Person combines the preserving of memories of exiled creative people with a connection to Munich with a performative presence in the urban space. That way, they collect memories of current residents of Giesing and make visible underrepresented creative work and life stories.

As part of a curated city walk to places with a history of exile and migration in Giesing (for example, the site of the former Agfa camera factory), the Memory Person initiates chance encounters and interactions with today's residents. Inspired by Karl Valentin's 'Reklamemensch' that went from house to house as a peddler, the Memory Person pins objects of remembrance to their clothes as they walk through the neighborhood. Conversely, these are given to passers-by in exchange for their memories so that different forms of commemoration interweave and remembrance are activated and become more polyphonic.

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This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program (grant agreement No 724649-METROMOD).
This project was developed within Franziska Windolf’s fellowship at the Käte Hamburger Research Centre global dis:connect and was initiated by the ERC project ‘Relocating Modernism: Global Metropolises, Modern Art and Exile (METROMOD)’.