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'A Perilous Journey: Stories of Migration' Exhibition Opening
Fri, April 21, 2017, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM BST
PositiveNegatives and SOAS University of London present:
A Perilous Journey: Stories of Migration
21st April – 24th June 2017
BRUNEI GALLERY, SOAS
** NB Please note that the launch will open in the Paul Webley Wing, Senate House North Block, Torrington Square, London WC1E 7HX. Members of our team will be outside to direct people. After the speeches we will then direct people to the Brunei Gallery to the main exhbition **
** Please note that this exhibit is interactive thanks to Empathetic Media. Download the "ARc Stories" app now! Tap on the "Perilous Journey" story and point your smartphone or tablet at the artworks that have the Empathetic Media logo in the bottom left hand corner**
About the exhibition:
A Perilous Journey is an exhibition drawing upon a selection of PositiveNegatives rich ethnographic portfolio around refugee migration stories. Concentrating on contemporary real-life stories from Syria and Iraq, we follow two men and two women on their long difficult journeys fleeing conflict and persecution.
The exhibit, kindly hosted by SOAS, includes Khalid’s, Hasko’s and Dana’s Stories detailing three separate harrowing journeys across Europe to reach safety from the conflict in Syria. It also tells Nadia’s Story, which describes a pregnant Yazidi mother’s flight, fleeing ISIS controlled Iraq with her two young children. The literary comics explore the vulnerabilities and dangers men and women face while making these horrendous journeys to escape persecution. These vulnerabilities increase particularly with women travelling alone with young children, putting them at escalated risk of gender based violence.
Credits: Hasko and Khalid's Stories were generously funded by Norwegian People's Aid. Illustration by Lindsay Pollock. Animation by Wael Toubaji. Dana and Nadia's Stories were commissioned by CARE International UK. Dana’s Story has also been published in German and was illustrated by Rob Davis. Nadia's Story was illustrated by Asia Alfasi.
You can also head next door to the Paul Webley Wing (Senate House North Block, SOAS) to see PositiveNegatives’ exhibition on intersex and LGBTI issues, highlighting the ethnographic comic, Born Julia and Julius.
Credits: Commissioned by the Open Society Foundations, Born Julia and Julius is a testimony of one man's experience of growing up in Uganda as an intersex person. Produced by PositiveNegatives. Illustrated by Gabi Froden. Animated by Wael Toubaji. Music by Karam Aizouq. Voiceover by David Ongwech Onen.
The exhibition is also linked to Why Comics? Education Charity, which is based at SOAS, where we are working with the University to humanise academic research to a wide audience.
* The Exhibition will run from the 21st April – 24th June 2017 with the 'grand opening' on the 21st in the Brunei Gallery, SOAS*
Our Why Comics? Education Charity patron, Baroness Valerie Amos CH will be opening the launch on Friday with a speech at 18:30, followed by a talk from Dr Ben Dix, Director of PositiveNegatives/Why Comics?, Senior Fellow at SOAS. A drinks reception will be provided.
Many thanks and we look forward to welcoming you on Friday,
Dr Benjamin Dix
Director, PositiveNegatives and Why Comics?
Senior Fellow, SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG, UK