Dr. Manuel Gogos, born in Gummersbach in 1970, is the son of a Greek father and the father of a German son. His maternal grandfather was a soldier in the German Wehrmacht, his paternal grandfather a Greek smuggler in the resistance against the German occupiers.
Manuel Gogos holds a doctorate in literature. Today he works as a freelance author, writes features for Deutschlandfunk and makes films for Arte. From 2002-2005 he worked for the Domid (Documentation Center and Museum on Migration in Germany) in Cologne as part of the Project Migration initiated by the German Federal Cultural Foundation. Since 2005 he has been operating his agency for intellectual guest work in Bonn. As a curator and curatorial consultant, Manuel Gogos specializes in the museumization of migration history. His work was most recently on view in Vor Ort: Photographic Stories of Migration at Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2021); as well as (together with Ulf Aminde) in a design for a guest worker*innen monument at Zeche Zollverein, Essen (2021). His book Das Gedächtnis der Migrationsgesellschaft (The Memory of the Migration Society) on the culture of memory in the immigration society and the history of the migration museum in Germany will be published in October 2021 by transcript-Verlag, Bielefeld.