Migration in Postwar Germany through immigrant artists' work

  • Eleana Stoikou (Autor/in)


The purpose of this study is to research the immigration flows to Germany (FRD) through art and accurately through the view of immigrant artists. This paper explores how artists who emigrated in the Federal Republic of Germany during the '60s and the '70s had been influenced by the social phenomenon of immigration and how these images from immigrants' everyday life reflected in their work. Immigrant artists integrated these moments into their artworks and mentioned their personal views. This study focuses on international artistic practices, sociological and aesthetic theory, concerning the Theory of the Avant-Garde and the terms of the ‚scene' and ‚networks'. Consequently, it is proved that new art forms with social references were formed. Specifically, immigrant artists’ artworks described the emotionally charged image of the immigrant, the uncertain reality, the social exclusion in the host country, the radical criticism, the social and the cultural intervention.