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Refugee Week 2022 seminar: Identity over time

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 - 12:30 to 13:30

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As part of Refugee Week 2022, the Sanctuary Working Group at the OU is hosting three events to showcase some of the projects that have been taking place over the past year in celebration and support of students and staff affected by forced displacement and migration.

The Sanctuary Working Group at The Open University, in partnership with Covid Chronicles from the Margins, is inviting students, staff and external guests to attend three events taking place during Refugee Week 2022, which runs from Monday 20 June to Sunday 26 June.

The second session throughout Refugee Week will present a digital photographic exhibition of works by amateur and professional Swansea photographers. It will explore how, through a series of photography workshops organised by The Open University’s Covid Chronicles from the Margins project and the Iberian Latin American Association (ILA) during the pandemic, Spanish speakers from Swansea came together to explore their pasts, presents and hopes for the future in visual genres. The group of photographers consisted of exiles from Chile in the 1970s through to today’s refugees from Venezuela and El Salvador, in collaboration with Spanish-speaking Swansea locals.

The workshops were led by the renowned photographer Humberto Gatica Leyton, Andrea Ibarra Abreu, a visual artist and undergraduate at University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Charly Ibarra Abreu, a digital artist and media studies student at Swansea University, and Carlos Ibarra Rivadeneira, educationalist and refugee support worker. They will lead the session alongside Patricia Jones who leads the ILA.  

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