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Viviana Medina
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In her installation KUBA-ORANGEN, artist Viviana Medina collects stories from Germany and Cuba about Cuban contract workers in the GDR – from recruitment to marginalization to their return.

Over thirty thousand Cubans came to the GDR from the early 1960s until the fall of the Berlin Wall. The German Democratic Republic supplied entire factories to Cuba in return for nickel, sugar and tropical fruits especially the so-called Cuban oranges. And, of course, the labor of the many Cubans.

In a spatial installation, Viviana Medinas makes different perspectives between hope, disappointment, happiness and the experience of racism audible. Contract workers talk about how they came to the socialist brother country and exchanged their labor for GDR marks. The largely forgotten or erased stories of Cuban migration in the context of the former GDR and their reverberations up to the present day will be discussed.

On the first weekend of the festival, Viviana Medina will cook a large soup for and with the visitors, which can then be spooned up together.

A co-production of Viviana Medina, Festival OSTEN/Kulturpark e.V. and the Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss. The Humboldt Forum Foundation at the Berlin Palace is sponsored by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media on the basis of a resolution of the German Bundestag.

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