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Migration Museum: Call me by my name: stories from Calais and beyond

Call me by my name: stories from Calais and beyond

2 June – 22 June 2016  | 12pm–8pm (open every day) | Free admission
Londonewcastle Project Space, 28 Redchurch St, London E2 7DP
Transport: Overground (Shoreditch High Street – 2 min walk), Tube (Old Street/Liverpool Street – 10 min walk), Bus (8, 23, 26, 35, 47, 48, 67, 149, 242, 388)

The Calais camp has become a potent symbol of Europe’s migration crisis. Public opinion on this ever- evolving shantytown and its inhabitants is polarised: to some a threatening swarm seeking entry to our already overstretched island-nation, to others a shameful symbol of our failed foreign policy. Amid such debate, it is easy to lose sight of the thousands of individuals who have found themselves in limbo in Calais, each with their own story and reasons for wanting to reach Britain.

Call me by my name: stories from Calais and beyond is a multimedia exhibition, taking place in a momentous month that sees both the EU referendum and Refugee Week. It explores the complexity and human stories behind the current migration crisis, with a particular focus on the Calais camp.

The exhibition features compelling works by established and emerging artists, refugees, camp residents and volunteers. These include a powerful new installation by award-winning artist Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen, art by ALPHA using materials from the camp, drawings of Calais by illustrator Nick Ellwood, art and photography by camp residents, and an installation of lifejackets embedded with the stories of their wearers. It will serve as a forum for a range of discussions, film screenings and performances, including a poetry evening hosted by Michael Rosen. There will also be an opportunity for visitors to leave their responses, which will become part of an art piece by artist-in-residence, Cedoux Kadima.

The Migration Museum Project would like to thank the following donors for their generous grants and support, without which we would not have been able to stage this exhibition: Londonewcastle, Arts Council England, ESRC, Citizenship and Governance Research at The Open University, The University of Oxford’s Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) and all of the generous contributors to our crowdfunding campaign, including Michael and Em O’Kane, David Warren, Richard Buccleuch and Tom Jupp. We would also like to thank Counterpoints Arts for their advice and support during the planning of this exhibition.

View and download the press release here.

Events associated with this exhibition:

Birds Crossing Borders drop in art workshop, 4 June 2016, 2 -4 pm

Poetry of Migration, 6 June 2016, 5:30 – 8:30 pm

What is Britishness? 14 June 2016, 7 – 9 pm

Join the conversation on Twitter using #CalaisStories. You can find us at @MigrationUK.
Share our Facebook event page and let us know if you’re coming to the exhibition!

Black Bloomsbury Small Exhibition – UCL

Black Bloomsbury
A small exhibition has opened at the UCL Art Museum space – Black Bloomsbury looks at the work of UCL Slade Students between the wars and displays some of their artworks depicting the Black presence in London.
More information about opening times and events can be found on the UCL website: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/museums/uclart/whats-on and the Equiano Centre website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/equianocentre/Events.html .

Jerusalem, Divided and United | Pulitzer Center

Published April 18, 2013

Sarah Wildman, for the Pulitzer Center

For the entirety of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Jerusalem has been set aside for after final status negotiations. The future of the city remains one of the stickiest of negotiating issues, alongside refugees. But setting aside a decision on a divided city, or an eternally unified one, is predicated on the idea that the city will, somehow, remain static. It has not. Indeed it is constantly morphing, and there are several challenges to a shared future.

The map of Jerusalem itself has not remained constant since the city was unified in 1967. Jewish settlements at the edges of the city have metastasized, changing the map of both the city itself, and the potential outlines of a future two state solution—a Jewish state along side a Palestinian state, each with a shared half of Jerusalem as its own capitol. Twenty-three thousand new building tenders in the contested neighborhoods of Jerusalem were issued in the last year alone, more than the last three years combined. One man—Daniel Seidmann—an attorney, and the director of an NGO called Terrestrial Jerusalem monitors the map to make sure that it will still be possible to create two states with contiguous geographic elements.

via Jerusalem, Divided and United | Pulitzer Center.

Exhibition – Hidden Lives: The Untold Story of Urban Refugees, London, 6-31 January 2013

Hidden Lives: The Untold Story of Urban Refugees, London, 6-31 January 2013

About the project

Over half the world’s refugees now live in large towns and cities where they are confronted by a unique set of challenges. The traditional image of life in tented, sprawling camps no longer tells the full refugee story. As urbanisation reshapes much of the world, refugees too are increasingly moving to large towns and cities.
In addition, urban areas are rapidly expanding, making them increasingly vulnerable to man-made and natural disasters. With this explosive growth come new types of risks, vulnerabilities and potential humanitarian crises.

The classic picture of a refugee in a camp is changing. Refugees and displaced people move to the city in the hope of finding a sense of community, safety and economic independence. However, in reality, what many actually find are harsh living conditions, lack of security and poverty.

Working with the International Rescue Committee and the European Commission’s humanitarian aid and civil protection department ECHO, Panos Pictures photographer Andrew McConnell has spent many months documenting this new reality in eight cities across four continents. Through images, refugee testimonies, and video, the resulting body of work presents a unique insight into the lives of urban refugees today and challenges the commonly held stereotypes. From Somali refugees in Nairobi to Syrian refugees in north Jordan, and from Burmese refugees in Kuala Lumpur to Afghan refugees in New York, the story of where people flee when all is lost is changing…

Further information can be found at:


Exhibition: East End of Islam at RichMix

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(Source: RichMix – http://www.richmix.org.uk/)

East End of Islam at RichMix


East End of Islam

East End of Islam
Copyright – Rehan Jamil .

The East End of Islam is a black and white photographic exploration of the Muslim community in Tower Hamlets and their relationship with the East London Mosque.  The mosque’s expansive building programme and incorporation of the London Muslim Centre qualifies it as being the largest capacity purpose built mosque in Europe.

This exhibition is the culmination of a ten year period from 1997 – 2007, during which time photographer Rehan Jamil was granted unprecedented access to the Mosque and given free reign by the Muslim community to capture a number of revealing snapshots of everyday life, both at home and at prayer.  The long-term nature of the project enabled Rehan to earn the trust of his subjects to the extent that the camera was no longer a barrier.  The intimacy and candour of the resulting images is a testament to this, allowing a poignant and affectionate insight into both the privacy of worship and of the domestic interior.

The exhibition aims to explore notions of Muslim identity in 21st Century Britain and to raise awareness of a specific lifestyle and culture.  We believe this body of work documents a way of life and will promote a greater understanding between Muslim and non-Muslim communities.

The East End of Islam is a comprehensive educational tool for breaking down barriers and providing a platform for meaningful debate between two cultures.

More Information
Private View Rsvp: jessica.loveless@richmix.org.uk
Rehan Jamil www.rehanjamil.co.uk


News: Travelling Photo Exhibition on State of World’s Refugees Opens in New York

The following news story was originally published on the UNHCR website as a news story – further information: http://www.unhcr.org/4fe9b1256.html

Travelling Photo Exhibition on State of World’s Refugees Opens in New York

Travelling photo exhibition on State of World's Refugees opens in New York

One of the photographs highlights the importance of education. It shows three young Afghan girls attending school in Pakistan, which might be difficult in some conservative areas of their homeland. © UNHCR/S.Phelps

NEW YORK, United States, June 25 (UNHCR) – A new travelling exhibition of photographs featured in a flagship UNHCR publication about refugees around the world has opened to the public at the United Nations building in New York.

The exhibit consists of 26 enlarged photos from “The State of the World’s Refugees 2012,” which was launched in New York on May 31 by UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres. The book, which is published every few years, explores key trends in forced displacement from 2006 to 2011. It also looks at the situation of stateless people.

The photos on display show the lives of the displaced as well as the vital and life-saving work that UNHCR conducts in the field. The exhibition, which opened last week in the UN Headquarters Visitors’ Lobby, also includes videos depicting the stories of people who are either refugees, forcibly displaced within their own country, or stateless.

The powerful images were taken by professional photographers as well as by UNHCR field staff. They show people in rural camp settings and urban areas and depict the humanity and resilience of people forced from their homes.

The photographs include the cover image from the book, a striking aerial shot of makeshift shelters on the edge of Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee complex with almost half-a-million Somali refugees. The homes look like mushrooms sprouting out of the arid red soil.

Another stunning image from the Horn of Africa, by Nansen Refugee Award laureate Alixandra Fazzina, shows a line of desperate people wading out to a boat off the coast of northern Somalia, hoping for a safe passage across the dangerous Gulf of Aden to Yemen. Only 11 people survived the journey.

A photo from Greece shows young migrants and asylum seekers looking out through the barred gate of a detention centre on the island of Lesvos. In the western Kyrgyzstan town of Osh, a woman stands in the shell of the home she was forced to flee to escape inter-ethnic violence in 2010. She has a look of sadness and resignation on her face.

A photo from a refugee camp in Pakistan highlights the importance of education; it shows three young Afghan girls attending a class in school, which might be difficult in some conservative areas of their homeland.

The exhibition also looks at UNHCR’s mandate to help the estimated 12 million stateless people in the world. An atmospheric portrait by professional photographer Greg Constantine shows a Crimean woman who was deported to Uzbekistan in 1944. In 1997, she returned to Ukraine and eventually acquired citizenship there.

“This exhibit reminds us that the plight of the world’s displaced affects every one of us,” said Udo Janz, director of the UNHCR office in New York. “International cooperation and support is imperative to improve the availability and quality of protection for the displaced and to pursue lasting solutions to their plight.”

The exhibition will run until August 7 and is expected to be shown in other cities around the world, including later this year in Geneva to coincide with an annual dialogue chaired by High Commissioner Guterres between UNHCR and its partners.

Copyright: UNHCR.

The State of the World's Refugees 2012

State of the World’s Refugees 2012

Further information on The State of the World’s Refugees 2012, the latest version of a flagship UNHCR publication looks at the challenges facing the uprooted and stateless can be found from the links below:


Exhibition: ATTACHMENTS: Faces and Stories from America’s Gates

ATTACHMENTS: Faces and Stories from America’s Gates

The Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery in the United States is currently running an exhibition entitled “ATTACHMENTS: Faces and Stories from America’s Gates” between June 15, 2012 and September 4, 2012.

Further details from the press release can be found below:

“I must have cried a bowl full of tears.”
–Chinese immigrant Lee Puey You, recalling her 20 months detained on Angel Island.

“I would also find it impossible to live in a country where all my family have been killed . . . “
–Richard Arvay, a refugee from Austria, describing why he did not want to return to there after World War II.

One came with plenty of money; another carried only a handful of belongings. One was a visitor; another was a citizen returning home. One had her papers in order; another brought false documents hoping to find a new life.

All of these men, women, and children left likenesses and traces of their journeys to America’s entry ways. Entering, leaving, or staying in America—their stories were captured in documents and photographs that were “attached” to government forms. A new National Archives exhibition, Attachments: Faces and Stories from America’s Gates draws from the millions of immigration case files in the Archives to tell a few of these stories from the 1880s through World War II. It also explores the attachment of immigrants to family and community, and the attachment of government organizations to laws that reflected certain beliefs about immigrants and citizenship. These are dramatic tales of joy and disappointment, opportunity and discrimination, deceit and honesty.

Attachments: Faces and Stories from America’s Gates is free and open to the public, and will be on display in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, through September 4, 2012.

Further Information: http://www.archives.gov/nae/visit/gallery.html

See also an associated news story entitled “National Archives exhibit on immigration features Cleveland-area Holocaust survivor.”