Migration Matters

 Migrant Voice - September
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    Talks and Discussions      Saturday 2 September   * Cracks in the Curriculum: Countless Ways of Knowing, Barby Asante invites educators to think about how to open up conversations about race and racism in the classroom, 1-4pm, free,  Serpentine Gallery, Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, W2. Info: jemmae[at]serpentinegalleries.org/  7298 1516       Monday 4 September   *…Read more
 Migrant Voice - Mona Lisa: a story for our time
Xiaoxia Yin
A poor immigrant is at the centre of a new play that recently premiered in London – and many migrants had a hand in the production. The writer of Mona And I, Rogério Corrêa, has Brazilian roots  but lives in London, where he gained an MA in scriptwriting at Goldsmiths, University of London and a BA in Brazilian, Portuguese and…Read more
 Migrant Voice - The play that breaks down ideas of 'them' and 'us'
Ozichi Emeziem
Imagine: eight actors of different ages, sizes, genders, and ethnicities sitting on stage with their chairs forming a V-shape whose point faces the audience. The setting is a plane in midair that is in danger of crashing and the dialogue jumps from character to character who then reveals their internal thoughts.  As the imagined plane thrashes there are uniform facial…Read more
 Migrant Voice - Yarl's Wood women – the time of their lives
Daniel Nelson
'Welcome to Yarl's Wood' says the detention centre's warmly inviting website, under a photograph of six laughing women obviously having the time of their lives. The delightful community image - which looks like a relaxed Open University study week in which participants happily work and play, enjoying a few days of well-deserved me-time - is followed by a letter from…Read more
 Migrant Voice - July
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Talks and Meetings  Sunday 2 July * Survival of the Artist, William Wells, Abdullah Alkafri, Selma and Sofiane Ouissi, Shireen Atassi, Anthony Downey, Tamara Chalabi, Larissa Sansour, Maeve Brennan, Khaled Barakeh and Khaled Jarrar on how art is responding and can thrive in situations of conflict and censorship in the Arab world, including two live performances - an audio performance…Read more
 Migrant Voice - A unique children's book with a social message
Clare Steele
'Ten Thousand Bowls of Soup', is a heart-warming children’s story which starts by telling how Henry "lost his smile", aged six, then moves to 2016 where Henry, now 23, travels to mainland Greece to help out at a migrant camp which provides shelter for people fleeing conflict in countries such as Syria and Afghanistan. Henry’s job is to help make…Read more
 Migrant Voice - Photographing Libya's slave market
Daniel Nelson
Libya is a slave market run by militias and privately armed groups: that's the stark verdict of Mexican photographer Narciso Contreras. He went there last year to take the pictures now on show at London's Saatchi Gallery to chronicle what he assumed was simply a transit point in a movement of migrants out of Africa. That would have been harrowing…Read more
 Migrant Voice - Now what?  European nationals and the general election
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Background We held a roundtable on April 27th to share experiences and feelings over the last year, to discuss current challenges, and to plan campaigning on rights-based issues ahead of or after the General Election, and to provide media contacts with an insight into the current landscape for Europeans living, working and studying in the UK. This is part of…Read more
 Migrant Voice - Syria: A Conflict Explored
Daniel Nelson
A Syrian family loads their few remaining belongings into a taxi. The young son is wearing a party hat. Dad has a pen clipped to his neat shirt. In another picture, a man watches the fighting from the window of his comfortable home. Next, a desolate, dangerously tilting, burned-out multi-storey building fills the frame: the only splash of colour emanates…Read more
 Migrant Voice - Exhibitions fit for a migrant nation
Daniel Nelson
  The Migration Museum continues its slow but hopefully inexorable advance towards becoming a permanent institution. It finally has a home, though only until February 2018, in a vast unwelcoming space that's awaiting development in Lambeth, south London. Glance at the fire engine as you enter (the showpiece of another nascent museum, for the London fire brigade), ignore the Zen…Read more
 
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