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Ruhr Museum | We’re from here. Photographs by Ergun Çağatay

We’re from here. Photographs by Ergun Çağatay

Ruhr Museum, 12-meter-level
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On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the recruitment agreement between Bonn and Ankara, the Ruhr Museum at Zollverein is showing the 120 most impressive images by renowned Turkish photographer Ergun Çağatay. It is the most comprehensive reportage on Turkish immigration of the first and second generation of so-called "guest workers" from 1990.


Tour of the exhibition

In this film, the curators take you on a tour of the photo exhibition "Wir sind von hier. Turkish-German Life 1990. Photographs by Ergun Çağatay". The tour lasts 23 minutes. Enjoy your visit.

Recording of the opening ceremony

On June 20, 2021, the ceremonial opening started at 5 p.m. in Hall 12 at Zollverein. Prof. Hans-Peter Noll welcomed the guests. This was followed by the opening speech of the Minister of State Michelle Müntefering, the patron of the exhibition. In the subsequent round of talks, Serap Güler, State Secretary for Integration in the Ministry for Children, Family, Refugees and Integration of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Karin Schmitt-Promny, 2nd Deputy Chairman of the Regional Assembly of the Rhineland, Thomas Kufen, Mayor of the City of Essen, Şener Cebeci, Consul General of the Consulate General of Turkey in Essen, Bärbel Bergerhoff-Wodopia, Member of the Board of the RAG Foundation and Dr. Thomas Kempf, Member of the Board of the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation talked to each other about migration. This was followed by the introduction to the exhibition by our director Prof. Heinrich Theodor Grütter. The moderator was Aslı Sevindim. The recording has a length of 1.5 hours.

Project magazine

The magazine "We are here." was published under the patronage of Michelle Müntefering, Minister of State for International Cultural Policy at the Federal Foreign Office. On 72 pages, editor Dr. Alexandra Nocke gives the third and fourth generation of people from Turkey a chance to have their say in essays. They include journalist Ferda Ataman, social activist Ali Can from Essen, CORRECTIV journalist Hüdaverdi Güngör, slam poet Aylin Celik and writer Dilek Güngör. Their essays are flanked by images from the first to the fourth generation by various photographers, including Henning Christoph, Candida Höfer, Guenay Ulutuncok, Mehmet Ünal or Metin Yılmaz.

The magazine was supported by the German Federal Foreign Office and the RAG Foundation. It is written in German and partly in Turkish. It is available free of charge at participating museums in Germany or can be downloaded here:

We are here. MAGAZINE



Voices on 60 German-Turkish years

In the spring of 2021, documentary video interviews were created especially for this project, in which personalities of different generations living in Germany who have shaped the public discourse on the topic of Turkish migration in a special way have their say. This is the trailer for the video interviews, which were also shown in the exhibition.

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