Wanderjahre #2 explores historical and ongoing forms of cultural mobility by highlighting the immigrant as a transmitter of ornaments, knowledge and skills. This site-specific installation produced for the festival “New Hamburg” organized by German national theater in Hamburg’s city quarter Veddel, in which the majority of the city’s immigrant population lives today. The project is a modern laptop bag that can be transformed into an Islamic prayer rug. The piece is made of reused Yourneyman pants, referring to the European tradition of wandering journeyman and their role as keepers and transmitters of cultural knowledge. The project was made in the local workshop “Original Veddel”, which is one of the last still working shops of its kind that are producing this type of traditional custom-made working gear. The project links this tradition to the new generation of cultural migrants in the global context, as well as to the new working methods of the networked society.
Azra Akšamija, Wanderjahre #2, 2014
Medium: Corduroy, leather belt, belt-compass, prayer beads.
Credits: Project author (concept and design): Azra Akšamija. Prototype development: Lillian Harden. Material sponsoring and production: Original-Veddel R.Paulsen GmbH. Seamstress: Nicole Pretzlaff. Production Manager: Nina Softić. Project produced for the exhibition “New Hamburg Gallery” in Hamburg Veddel, curated by Adnan Softić within the Festival by DeutschesSchauSpielHaus. Courtesy of Azra Akšamija.