Stories

Question of a Kurdish Museum

On Saturday 29th June, everyone was invited to a day-long event including storytelling and Kurdish Music as part of a pop-up museum created by Unity in the Kurdish Community, Scotland with Glasgow Museums.

Stories relating to Kurdish identity are seldom told in museums. This family-friendly event was the result of ongoing conversations between curators at Glasgow Museums and Kurdish diaspora in Glasgow.

Images by volunteer photographer Daniel Harkins

 

Freedom of Movement

Iman Tajik’s public art installation “Freedom of Movement” refers to the 1951 Refugee Convention, a key legal document which defines the term “refugee” and outlines the rights of displaced people, as well as the legal obligations of UN member states to protect them. His project looks at “the right to travel as a human rights concept, encompassing the right of individuals to travel from place to place within the territory of a country, and to leave the country and return to it.”

Tajik’s poster, which will be displayed for 3 months near the V&A on the National Cycle Network in Dundee and by the Riverside Museum in Glasgow, displays a scanned image of the artist’s own refugee travel document. This stands alongside a statement which voices the contradiction between the freedom implied by the imagery of birds in the travel document and the suppression of freedom faced by displaced people.

The project was commissioned for Refugee Festival Scotland by Scottish Refugee Council, and is supported by Sustrans.

Iman also held an Artist Talk and Flag Making workshop at the V&A Dundee on Friday 28th June, which was a great success. His poster displayed in Glasgow has sadly gone missing/been removed, potentially by vandalism, and we are working to find out why, and to find a new location for his work.

UK Premiere: Gesturing Refugees

Farah Saleh performs UK premiere of “Gesturing Refugees” at CCA Glasgow

On Thursday 27th June 2019, as part of #RefugeeFestScot 2019, Farah Saleh performed the UK premiere of “Gesturing Refugees”, an interactive dance piece which defies categorisation, and leaves you thinking about it long after it ends. The show was commissioned by Scottish Refugee Council for the festival.

“It is a very special and transformative work, with love – and dance movement itself – as a true weapon of resistance.”

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Refugee Festival Scotland Artists Symposium

On Thursday June 27th, we held an Artists Symposium at CCA Glasgow.

The programme was led from the perspective of artists with lived experience of seeking refugee protection, and whose work focuses on migration and identity.

The event was hosted by Zimbabwean writer, poet, musician and performer Tawona Sitholé, who warmed up the crowd and led us expertly through the day.

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