Imaging the Politics of the Refugee Crisis

7 February 2018, 12:00 - 14:00

Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building

Issam Kourbaj (Syrian Artist in Residence at Christ's College)
Simon Bainbridge (Editor of the British Journal of Photography's 2016 'The Migration Issue')

The event will first draw on Simon Bainbridge's work to show how images have been tapped to address the refugee crisis in the United Kingdom. The British Journal of Photography's 'The Migration Issue' released a series of editorial photographic works responding to asylum seekers' experience of the immigration system in the United Kingdom. Anyone who donated to the American Civil Liberties Union in the wake of Trump's election was given a digital copy for free, making it a highly politically charged documentary photography compilation. Issam Kourbaj (Syrian Artist in Residence at Christ's College) has created installations from waste material to convey the scale of the current refugee crisis, and presented them at the Fitzwilliam Museum and the British Museum. 

More information on Kourbaj's biography and works can be found here.

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Open to all. No registration required.

Part of the Power and Vision: The Camera as Political Technology Research Group Researc Group Seminar Series.

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