MIGRANTS: RESIDENT AND VOLUNTEERS AT RITSONA REFUGEES CAMP

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** PHOTO EXHIBITION **
MIGRANTS: RESIDENT AND VOLUNTEERS AT RITSONA REFUGEES CAMP
Saturday 26/11/2016 to 30/11/2016
Saturday times: 12-10pm, other days: 2-6pm

Exhibition Opening Saturday 26th Talks from 5pm – 8pm Music & drinks 8-9.30pm

My intention with the project ‘MIGRANTS: Residents and volunteers at Ritsona Camp’ is not to have a voice as a curator but to let other voices to be heard.

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Back in June I curated the photography exhibition ‘MIGRANTS: What does migration mean to you?’. The exhibition was an opportunity for photographers, students and the general public to showcase their work during the Refugee & EU Referendum week. With the intention of giving voice to all points of view on migration in society both within the UK and Internationally, participants were invited to consider the question: What does migration mean to you?

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The work on show in the exhibition was very diverse, but after reflecting on the it I realised that I missed submissions from those individuals that are not allowed to be members of society, the members of the refugee community. This made me think that I needed to reach for their voices. I wanted to hear as many voices as possible.

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I decided that to go to the Ritsona camp and volunteer for the NGO I AM YOU (teaching the children at the camp arts and crafts workshops) and put together a photography and storytelling workshop for the people in the camp. I wanted them to participate and tell their own stories.

The exhibition is the outcome of the story telling and thephotography workshops.

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Introduction and talk by Julio Etchart
As an exile, who came to this country fleeing political persecution from a fascist dictatorship I have always felt empathy towards refugees and migrant people.
As a visual journalist, I made one of my pledges to report the plight of those that are forced to leave their countries for political, social and economic reasons, and I have been covering such issues for decades.
I will be showing a small selection of images of refugees and migrants I shot earlier this year on the Turkish coast and on the island of Lesbos, trailing the route that thousands of asylum seekers have followed trying to start a new life in Europe

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Second Speakers:
“Photojournalists Alan Schaller and Emily Garthwaite will share their experiences from the Calais jungle. They have produced three articles for the Independent over the past year about the camp. Topics they will talk about range from issues pertaining to the mental health of jungle residents, the state of Dunkirk, the importance of media sensitivity, the Iranian hunger strikers, the destruction of the camp and most recently the children who slept rough due to the organisation blunder by authorities.”

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Third Speaker William Sanjay
I have seen very poor living conditions in China or South East Asia, but when I arrived in Greece, I was shocked to discover how secluded the life was in the camps and how lost and abandoned the people were feeling.
Through my pictures I want to contribute to raising awareness about the living conditions in refugee camps within the borders of Europe and more importantly show how the children are growing up and missing the basic education.
Children are the future of our world, and if we don’t educate them, who knows what the consequences will be. Education is a fundamental right for everybody regardless of who you are and where you are.

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