Date: Tuesday, 21st of June, 2016. Place: The Gallery on the Corner, Battersea, London. Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The MIGRANTS International Photography exhibition is an open call exhibition 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 are invited to consider the question: What does migration mean to you?
MIGRANTS aim is to instil dialogue between photographers and the general public around the theme of migration. With this in mind, the curator Zia Fernandez-Ibarreche has teaming up with a prestigious panel of professional photographers, journalist and lecturers. Melanie Friend, Carl de Keyzer, Neil Massey, Nigel Dickinson, James Russell Cant, Julio Etchart, Graham Evans, have all been part of the selection panel and have generously contributed their time to the realisation of this exhibition.
The exhibition is composed by the selected 23 International photographers: Anna Maria de Marzo, Lee- Marie Sadek, Shahriar Khonsari, Ron Zwagemaker, Chris Tuff, Raquel Carro, Amir Lavon, Emily Garthwaite, MATLAKAS, Amin Khosroshahi, Karen Sawyer, Guayi Fernandez, Tori Ferec, Frank Marfai, Michele Spagnolo, Mike Andrews, Tomasz Domanski, Maruf Ahmed, Natalie Bertrams, Kobi Amiel, Laughlin Mckee, Miguel Flores, Sofya Tatarino, Luna Al-Akkad, Julian Martinez Valderrama, Jose Almeida, Francesco Francaviglia, Tahir Un and Mary Rouncefield.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of short talks, drinks, debate and auction of the photographers’ work.
David Bate is giving the talk “IN BETWEEN”. What happens if we forget about the modernist discourse on photography and the repression of content this involved? Starting with the picture “To See Where It Takes Us?” and leading to the issue of ‘migration’. In recent years migration has become of great concern in relation to the question of who we are. David presentation proposes that the form of Stieglitz’s picture is not simply an abstract formalism, but is linked to the dimension of migration as encoded within the picture and sublimated within the symbolism of it that Stieglitz famously meditates upon.
Neil Massey will present “KIN”, his social media photography project aiming to re-unite Vietnamese families living around the globe with their family photographs. Through the use of social media he aims to return these personal artefacts to their rightful owners and during this process learn about the circumstances how they became estranged and the history behind the individuals in them.
Julio Etchart will be introducing his project “Migrant Domestic Workers In Singapore” which he worked on during his recent stay in Singapore. Working for the Communications and New Media department of the National University of Singapore and in partnership with HOME, a local NGO who provides shelter, legal advice and training to the women who seek their assistance allowed Etchart to meet with foreign domestic workers, mainly from the Philippines and Myanmar, who had been mistreated and abused by their employers.