New Midlanders (Surviving Fortress Europe)

Darryl Georgiou (Artist), Rebekah Tolley (Artist), Harbinder Sandhu (Other), Tarla Patel (Other)

Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchDigital or Visual Media

Abstract

New Midlanders (Surviving Fortress Europe) is an ongoing socially engaged project, involving Coventry/West Midland based asylum seeker and refugee participants.

The outputs include: Audio-Visual Artworks and related photo publication, developed from self-reflective photo workshops and interviews, utilising image making and story telling processes with collaborators.

Facilitated by two successful rounds of funding (2018/2019) by the Creative Exchange Open Call programme (granted funds by Connecting Cultures) to support public engagement projects between Warwick and Coventry Universities; the project focuses on the testimonies of people from communities around the world who have arrived in Coventry/West Midlands (often graphically illustrating the complexity of asylum as it is experienced), and involves ongoing work with a community that continues to be socially challenged, under-represented and often invisible because of marginalisation, ethnicity and socio-economic status. This work builds on the positively received phase one project (2018), the research and development of small-scale works (collaborative photo-video), which laid the foundation for a second stage (2019), with a potentially larger project for the UK City of Culture 2021, Coventry. New Midlanders is currently being developed with a consortium of partner organisations: Coventry Migrant and Refugee Centre (CMRC), Coventry Peace House, Coventry Asylum and Refugee Action Group (CARAG), Hope Into Action Black Country (and others), with guidance from the Active Wellbeing Society.

Working with destitute asylum seekers who have no recourse to public funds; individuals fleeing violence, conflict, war and persecution (from countries including Sudan and Darfur, Eritrea, Syria, Iran and Kuwait), the project explores issues of ‘self representation’, cultural difference, identity (all investigating connections between diversity and migration), and attempts to renegotiate negative and stereotypical perceptions, as often portrayed in the media.

An online showcase will communicate its exhibition outcomes internationally to the wider public on World Refugee Day, 2019, and will be regionally hosted by CMRC. 

 

 

 

 

LanguageEnglish
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusIn preparation - 2019

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Georgiou, D. (Artist), Tolley, R. (Artist), Sandhu, H. (Other), & Patel, T. (Other). (2019). New Midlanders (Surviving Fortress Europe). Manuscript in preparation. Digital or Visual Media
New Midlanders (Surviving Fortress Europe). Georgiou, Darryl (Artist); Tolley, Rebekah (Artist); Sandhu, Harbinder (Other); Patel, Tarla (Other). 2019.

Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchDigital or Visual Media

Georgiou, D, Tolley, R, Sandhu, H & Patel, T, New Midlanders (Surviving Fortress Europe), 2019, Digital or Visual Media.
Georgiou D (Artist), Tolley R (Artist), Sandhu H (Other), Patel T (Other). New Midlanders (Surviving Fortress Europe) 2019.
Georgiou, Darryl (Artist) ; Tolley, Rebekah (Artist) ; Sandhu, Harbinder (Other) ; Patel, Tarla (Other). / New Midlanders (Surviving Fortress Europe). [Digital or Visual Media].
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