Our Connected Families exhibition last night at Twenty Twenty Two was the result of a series of workshops held in Manchester with local refugees and asylum seekers which have discussed the theme of family. Our work centres on reuniting families separated by persecution and the aim of the exhibition was to discuss shared family experiences to encourage understanding of refugees and asylum seekers among the local community.
The exhibition included poetry in response to a series of questions and conversations led by poet Nathan Jones: “The resulting texts have been laid out to reflect on the necessary involvement of memory and hope in building a future with family and friends – and the flow of images, voices, tastes and smells which are gathered in these imagined futures.”
We also showed a few short films by Edwin Pink, a digital storyteller who has worked with the group over a number of months recording interviews, spoken word and lullabies.
Many refugees have been forced to leave families behind in order to seek asylum and have often been apart from their partners and children for significant periods of time.
“When I saw my family I was very very happy for a long while and still am. Every day is different”
Romain, a nurse, came to the UK five years ago having being persecuted by the government in his home country, the Democratic Republic of Congo…. read more
Supporting refugee family reunion can help victims of persecution begin to rebuild their lives as a family unit.
“In the future I plan to look after my children. To bring up my children to have a good education. To have a job.”
“There is nothing more beautiful than to be able to live together with your family.”