30-year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, 30-year anniversary of German-German unification: Anniversaries such as these should provide an occasion to re-sort and realign collective memory, to renegotiate orientations and values. Remembrance culture must, therefore, remember more than just the social majority. The publication Labor 89 offers intersectional perspectives on the period of reunification. In eight portraits, political activists from black, POC and/or queer* feminist positions tell of social struggles for equality and self-determination. They explore the possibilities and limits of political participation, recall historical events, debates, actions and cross-community projects, filling the time between the mid-1980s and mid-1990s with their h*stories.
NICOLA LAURE AL–SAMARAI (main author) is a history and arts scholar, author and editor. She works on questions of marginalized memory and cultural politics, auto/biographies and postcoloniality. She lives and works in Berlin.
BY AND WITH Peggy Piesche, Nicola Lauré al-Samarai, Nuran Ayten