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Exhibit | Visualizing Translation: Homeland and Heimat in Detroit and Dortmund


Monday October 4, 2021: 12:00pm to Tuesday November 30, 2021: 9:00pm


Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit


The photography exhibit "Visualizing Translation: Homeland and Heimat in Detroit and Dortmund"  focuses on multilingual migrant communities in Southwest Detroit and Northern Dortmund. In addition to a series of striking streetscapes, the exhibit contains sixteen portraits accompanied by brief narratives of home and migration, which visitors may listen to via QR code in English, Spanish, or German. Detailing the complex routes that brought many residents to Detroit and Dortmund, Germany, these narratives also grapple with two key terms: homeland and Heimat. Through their multilingual narratives, residents break open the exclusionary modes of belonging these terms have historically evoked.

Visit for background information on the artists, sample images from the exhibit and more!

A moderated panel discussion and Q&A with photojournalists Theon Delgado Sr. and Peyman Azhari will take place on October 9, 2021 on Zoom