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female Turkish pioneers haarlem

a forgotten history

Sep 29 '23 – Apr 7 '24

It has been 60 years since the first Turkish guest workers arrived Haarlem came. Although they came temporarily, most have stayed and are still living Haarlem. The fourth generation has now been born here.

Because it is unknown to many that not only men, but also women came as guest workers, we want to use this exhibition to draw attention to this 'forgotten history' about some of our fellow residents. We do this on the basis of personal stories and traditional objects. But especially with photos by the renowned photographers Bertien van Manen and Cigdem Yuksel.

Collaboration with the Turkish community in the Netherlands and Turkey
We think it is very important that this exhibition originates from and is supported by the Turkish community Haarlem, that is why we work closely with Turkish women who want to tell their story and who have a large network in the Turkish community. Together with them, the content and the most important themes and perspectives of the exhibition were determined.

Education project Erasmus+
Part of the exhibition is called the Erasmus+ education project The stories of Turkish guest workers in the Netherlands funding an exchange and collaboration between students of the Haarlem College and high school of Sakarya University in Turkey. Exhibitions about 60 years of Turkish guest workers are organized at both locations Haarlem. The students record the stories behind the migration using interviews (oral history), photos, video and other digital resources. Their results will be shown in the exhibition.

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