Representations of Displacement

dsc01498Representations of Displacement: Introduction 

Critically exploring the ways in which displacement is represented is crucial. In this piece Refugee Hosts PI Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh explains why, and outlines our project’s provocation of a ‘Spaces and Places, Not Faces’ approach when researching, recording, photographing and documenting displacement affected communities.


Screen Shot 2018-06-12 at 11.07.44The Virtual Reality of the Refugee Experience 

How can audiences engage with displacement? Virtual reality ‘encounters’ are one option, allowing audiences to ‘walk in the shoes’ of refugees, but at the expense of substance, or any meaningful consequence, argues Aikaterini Antonopoulou. 


Screen Shot 2018-06-12 at 11.06.09TΣΣΣΣ TΣΣΣ TΣΣ ΣΣΣ – Summer in Athens: A Sound Essay

This soundscape of Athens, Greece, offers an evocative and immersive insight into sounds of everyday life in the city, as experienced by refugees and hosts. Soundscape and introduction by Tom Western and his team of collaborators.


Screen Shot 2018-06-12 at 11.07.31Hard Infra-structures, Diseased Bodies 

The ‘global border regime’ is sustained by structures of violence that are in turn mirrored by the architectural structures that detain refugees and asylum seekers. In this piece, Dom Davies analyses these structures through the work of graphic novelists and artists.


Screen Shot 2018-06-11 at 17.30.17‘Refugees. Present/Absent.’ Escaping the Traps of Refugee Mis-representation

Refugees are often cast as suffering victims, or as masses to be feared. By contrast, more humane depictions are possible, argues Dominika Blachnicka-Ciacek, if the focus shifts from individuals/masses, and toward the ‘materiality’ of displacement.


a-baddawi-dec2016-jan2017-070-2Refugees are Dialectical Beings: Part One and Part Two

These poems, by Refugee Hosts Writer in Residence Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, consider the self-representation of refugees, of language, dialect and of encountering the Other. You can read and hear more of Yousif’s poetry in our Creative Archive.


Screen Shot 2018-06-12 at 11.08.04Giving Refugees a Voice? Looking Beyond ‘Refugee Stories’ 

The telling of ‘refugee stories’ by humanitarian organisations can sometimes result in exclusionary outcomes. Instead, by focusing on ‘everyday encounters’, argues Leonie Harsch, can the narrative around displacement begin to improve.


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Invisible (at) night: Space, Time and Photography in a Refugee Camp

NGO and UN representations of refugee camps would suggest displaced people live in a state of eternal daylight. By contrast, Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh captures the diverse reality of living in a camp at night.


Screen Shot 2018-06-12 at 11.08.24Psycho-geography, Safe Spaces and LGBTQ Immigrant Experience

Depicting certain communities as intrinsically more ‘welcoming’ and ‘tolerant’ often obscures diverse of exclusion, argues Siobhán McGuirk. In the case of LGBTQ host communities in the USA, many immigrants and refugees feel unwelcome, despite assuming the community was a ‘safe space’ for them.


baddawi-dec2016-jan2017-272-2-e1515006263405The Camps is the Reject of the Reject Par Excellence

This poem, by Refugee Hosts Writer in Residence Yousif M. Qasmiyehexplores both how a refugee camp comes into representation, and how that representation is shaped by memory, language, resistance and the everyday lives of the displaced.


All photos (c) the authors and/or Refugee Hosts. Not for re-production.

To read other contributions to our Representations of Displacement series, click here.

 

MORE ESSENTIAL READING:


Faith and Displacement


Translation, Poetry and Displacement


The Localisation Agenda