Michaela Meise new work at NGBK inspired by migration movement

Michaela Meise presents her new work series 'Mare Nostrum' for the exhibition 'Father Figures are Hard to Find' at the NGBK, Berlin.

The new work presents a group of eight people set forth from Palestine to cross the Mediterranean and land in Camargue. These are the first Christians that settled in Europe: Mary Magdalene, Maria Salome, Maria Jacobé, Sara-la-Kali, Martha, Cedonius, Lazarus, and Maximinus. In ‘Mare Nostrum’ (eng. Our Sea) – named after the Italian Coast Guard’s operation to save shipwrecked refugees – Michael Meise focuses on a migration movement that has been largely forgotten, and models the sojourners as patron saints of a church in Kassel. Instead of instrumentalizing Christian values as alibis for EU boundary-making, she reminds us of a foundational migration movement of a diverse community. In this exhibition Martha and Cedonius are on view.

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