Baha Targün mit Megafon am Werkstor von Ford in Köln-Niehl, August 1973, Foto: Gernot Huber

Strike! Photo Stories of Labour Struggles

In the context of the Triennial of Photography Hamburg 2022

May 20 to October 3 2022

This exhibition presents a photographic history of key labor struggles and momentum from the 1960s to the current gig economy. Organized as a set of chapters, Strike! Photo Stories of Labour Struggles takes the structural crises of leading regional industries in the Ruhr region and Hamburg in the 1960s and 1980s as a starting point for the development of strike culture in Germany. Also explored are the UK miners’ strike of 1984–1985, the sans-papiers of France, led by migrant workers from 1996 onwards, and the 2012 strike of South African miners in the region of Marikani.

With a focus on photography, Strike! explores how awareness and solidarity spread through a visual culture of labor struggles, affecting both participants and the self-image of trade unions. The majority of the images presented were taken by photojournalists who accompanied the labor struggles. The photo archive of the Ruhr Museum Essen contains the estates and archives of a number of significant photographers, among them Anton Tripp, Manfred Scholz, and Klaus Rose, while series held by the Museum der Arbeit, DOMiD in Cologne, Magnum Paris, and the photographers themselves, enrich this presentation. Through oral history and ephemera, Strike! aims to center the protagonists of these movements and public response to these actions.

 

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Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 21:00

Tuesday closed

Wednesday - Friday 10:00 - 17:00

Saturday - Sunday 10:00 - 18:00

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Baha Targün mit Megafon am Werkstor von Ford in Köln-Niehl, August 1973, Foto: Gernot Huber