Following the London premiere of Stowaway at Shoreditch Town Hall, Analogue will host a free post show talk. See below for details:
Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers: What is the role of arts in bearing witness?
Jade Jackson worked as a sports reporter on Television and Radio, national and local papers. Her twin sister, father and other family members were killed by government soldiers and, with her life in danger, arrived in the UK as a refugee in July 2001. She is a member of the Medical Foundation’s Write To Life group and published her first collection of poetry, Moving A Country, in 2013, edited by Lucy Popescu and supported by Tom Green of Platforma at Counterpoint Arts. She has also performed work at the Battersea Arts Centre and Tate galleries. Jade has been a volunteer at the Refugee Council since 2004 – She enjoys her work and works among people who are very supportive and like the family she has lost. Her story is featured in the Migrant Resource Centre exhibition My Journey at Shoreditch Town Hall.
Ashvin Devasundaram is currently completing his Doctoral thesis on the socio-ideological impact of new independent Indian cinema at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. He has worked as a documentary filmmaker with Channel 4, producing and directing an independent short film ‘Crossing the Bridge’, which was screened at BAFTA, in London. Ashvin recently won the Edinburgh University Literary Award 2012. He has presented papers and chaired panels at several film studies conferences in the UK, Europe and India. His research interests include Postcolonialism, Politics and Migration, Film Philosophy and World Cinema. His forthcoming publications include an essay on the theme of ‘reverse migration’ in the film ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’.
Hala Georges is a Syrian artist born in Damascus in 1985. She has studied and worked as an artist for the last ten years, living and working in London and Kent. Having completed a Masters in Visual Communication, she is now pursing her Doctorate research in Video Art and her project addresses the current Syrian conflict from a personal perspective. Hala has exhibited many solo and collective exhibitions both within the UK and abroad. She has also published some of her creative writing, such as “Graphical Reality: Renovating Visual Figures” in 2011 and “Khas Jidan” a poetry book in 2010, which was the winning entry in the Young Arabic Poets award in 2011. Currently Hala is teaching Graphic Design and Video Art at UCA University for Creative Arts-Canterbury. Her recent creative focus has been on short films, one of which “From Rochester with love” was selected for the 10th Berlin International Directors Lounge and “Damascene Moon” which was selected for the Poetry Film Festival 2014 held in Bristol. http://halageorges.wix.com/halageorges
Steven Rae on behalf of Ice&Fire, an arts organization exploring human rights stories through performance. Founded in 2003 by Sonja Linden, the company sees theatre as the natural medium to communicate stories that make real and relevant the impact of human rights issues on our everyday lives. Through active involvement with human rights themes they creatively respond to key issues affecting society and the world beyond. The company was shortlisted for the Liberty Human Rights Arts Award in 2011. Steven has worked with Ice&fire as a performer and has recently been programmer and director of Ice and Fire’s ‘Actors for Human Rights’ Scottish events. Through their ‘Actors for Human Rights” outreach programme they put on readings of verbatim scripts taken from interviews with people who have had their basic human rights compromised, challenged and abused. The aim is to give a voice to those who have previously been unheard, creating an opportunity to have their story communicated to a broader audience through the performance of these documentary plays. Many of these voices are those of refugees, asylum seekers and those whose lives have been affected by their migration to these shores and their deportation from them. Performances have been programmed as part of open days, award ceremonies, various festivals, fundraising events, talks and seminars. They have been commissioned by a variety of organisations and charities; the Red Cross, Amnesty international, The Medical Foundation, the Refugee Council and Oxfam to name but a few.
This is an Analogue post-show event in collaboration with the Migrant Resource Centre, with contributions from Counterpoint Arts. As a show inspired by multiple stories and voices, it was always our intention that Stowaway be part of a wider engagement programme, where audiences have the opportunity to hear from some of the people who have experience and expertise in the issues raised in the show.
We are enormously grateful to all the panelists for taking part, and to a range of people who have contributed to making this event happen. We have included their names below, along with links to their organisations for further information…
Tom Green at Counterpoint Arts; Emily Churchill Zaraa at Migrants Resources Centre; Christine Bacon at Ice&Fire; James at the British Red Cross; Nick, James, Laura and everyone at Shoreditch Town Hall