"Hajmat" (in Silesian: Homeland) is an artistic approach to the idea of transnational identity in a globalized society.
In Upper Silesia, where I grew up, the formation of one's identity does not primarily progress along national categories. Political, economical and geographical shifts in the European arena in 19th and 20th century resulted in developing a kind of hybrid identity among the people inhabiting the area.The line of development of this kind of identity went beyond the concept of the national states and was influenced by Silesian, Polish and German traditions equally over the centuries up until today. Traditions of labor migration are continued for generations in Upper Silesia, contributing to the development of transnational social spaces and lifestyles. This meta-geographical identity model that contrasts the idea of ethnically or culturally homogenous container states can be applied to other groups with hybrid or transnational identity. An example here could be the second generation of Turkish migrants in Germany who’s oscillation between both cultures produces a third transnational identity, where ethnic element is of secondary relevance and the whole identity formation process comes down to personal choices between different cultures rather than being connected to national frameworks.
The core of the project is a series of interviews conducted with members of multi-generational Silesian families, which manifest various forms of transnational migration. The field of interest spans the areas of cultural transfer, migration and intercultural influences and how it determines the identity formation and perception.