Careful Relations

Polish-German relations need to be handled with care. Speeches have to be carefully worded, symbols chosen carefully in order not to risk what has been achieved over the decades.

Two of the main pillars of these Careful relations are care for humans and care for objects: On the one hand, Polish care-workers have been stabilizing the German health system for many years. On the other hand, cultural institutions have been caring for objects, that stand for shared histories and/or illustrate the many splits. This is in the fields of arts, ethnography and archaeology as much as personal and political history. Within our project, we look at both of these strands of care that are very rarely brought together. Yet they are crucial for the relations of the two neighboring countries with a shared history over centuries.

Through workshops we intend two involve a care-working audience — from housekeepers over nurses to guardians and parents. We aim to make their perspectives heard and introduce those who are non-regular museum visitors to the many potentials of exhibitions and collections. At the same time we want to sharpen the awareness of the many levels of care-work that are the foundation of museum work. This will be done against the background of the institutions and collections the diverse team of initiators represent.

The outline of the project also allows for reflections on museum work at large, its role for transnational relations, and its many difficulties from the perspective of care. Thus, a report of our findings will be published in German and Polish journals


Justyna Mędrala
Marta Małkus
Dominik Płaza
Gabriel Schimmeroth
Alina Kokoschka
Katharina Zeiher