Statistics show that every family in Kyrgyzstan is affected by migration, so the phenomenon of migration is perceived as a normality rather than as a way to mitigate poverty risks. Migration can help to break out of restrictive traditions, to dare more personal freedoms, and, above all, offers financial security.
In European discourse, migration always appears as an aberration, a problem from which we must be protected. The EU’s borders have become increasingly militarized. In the media, migration is portrayed as a humanitarian crisis on the EU’s borders, in the waters of the Mediterranean, or in reception facilities where refugees are held in scandalous conditions to keep the “masses” from coming to Europe. Rarely do migrants appear beyond criminalization or victimization as self-determined actors in the migration regime, challenging nation-state institutions and creating new social structures through their struggles.
History shows that progressive change always starts with young people. With this project, we are addressing how the current (post-Soviet) generation (of 25-30-year-olds) in Kyrgyzstan sees its own past, present and future, how these perspectives relate to migration, and the transnational networks that have developed in recent decades.
Underrepresented voices and experiences can be included in the discourse on issues of migration as a global phenomenon.
Through party´s, panel discussions, and lively exchange of art and culture, we dare to look beyond our own horizons to learn from each other and broaden our perspectives. We want to initiate an exchange of experiences between Kyrgyz living in Germany and in Kyrgyzstan and Berlin artists.