and photographic works:
WITH GMIAU AND
ASHA PRESENT TWO NEW WORKS FOR
REFUGEE ART EXHIBITION
6th-29th June 2013, including Launch Event at
6pm on 6th June
Exhibition opening times are 5pm -
9pm weekdays, 10am - 4pm Saturdays, closed Sundays.
Committed to Represent
An exhibition of photography and texts as a series of
portable panels by the Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit, in
partnership with Virtual Migrants
How does the legal work of the GMIAU
help refugees to rebuild their lives? What motivates the
caseworkers? How do refugees respond to the challenges that the
asylum system throws at them?
This exhibition is a celebration of the work that caseworkers do
and a testament to the courage of refugees and people seeking
Design and direction by Kooj Chuhan. Research and text by Ursula
Sharma. Photography by Mazaher.
Refusing The Refused
A short film created for ASHA (Asylum Support Housing
Advice) from footage of a training workshop on Asylum Destitution
on 22nd February 2013, a Virtual Migrants production by Kooj
Destitution effectively means poverty and mental
suffering at a chronic level, and this workshop involved a range
of strong and emotive presentations and dialogues on the
experience of destitution among people seeking asylum, the legal
and wider political framework for this, and what kinds of support
and action can be possible.
ASHA helps asylum seekers whose
applications have been refused and fully determined, and whose
status renders them homeless and destitute.
Both of these pieces of work are still 'in
development'. They involve intersecting elements of documentary,
community portraiture, campaigning and education. This is an
integral part of Virtual Migrants' critical practice in artistic,
media and cultural work.
Accompanying these works is an exhibition of paintings by
Elizabeth Kwant, titled Tracing Presence.
This comprises a series of large-scale portraits developed during
her Artistís in Residence with The Boaz Trust, a charity working
to help destitute asylum seekers in Manchester.
6th-29th June at Z-arts, 335 Stretford Road, Manchester M15 5ZA
An exhibition to coincide with Refugee Week 17-23 June