From March to May 2022, the artist Maíra Wiener, who lives in Graben-Neudorf, researched historical connections and interdependencies between the rural communities of Graben-Neudorf, Dettenheim, and Karlsdorf-Neuthard in the northern district of Karlsruhe in relation to local migratory movements between these places in recent centuries and resulting waves of migration to southern Brazil.
As a collector of stories, she went in search of traces of the past in order to better understand conditions in the present: What made local people move or emigrate to Brazil in the 19th century? What were the motives at that time? And how do we look at these life stories today?
She visited archives and libraries and held numerous discussions with experts and people, associations and initiatives interested in the topic. Central to this was, among other things, the exchange with the Badisch-Südbrasilianische Gesellschaft e.V. in Karlsdorf-Neuthard. In May, she also visited the southern Brazilian cities of Guabiruba and Brusque and conducted on-site interviews with local experts.
The artist presented the results of her research to date in the form of a lecture performance at the end of June at the premises of the Badisch-Südbrasilianische Gesellschaft in Karlsdorf-Neuthard.
Supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media within the program NEUSTART KULTUR.
Photo credit: Benjamin Hotz / Loving Pixels