Transit Tales series of workshops and events

One of our lines of work at CFD these last years has focused on supporting and giving visibility to participatory photography projects. From the 18th to the 2th of October 2016 we will organize a series of activities in order to exchange experiences and skills.

This year the cycle of activities is part of a wider european project.

You are invited to:

SEMINARIS

Tuesday the 18th
Teach basic photographic and storytelling, ethics. Pau Coll (Ruido Photo)
Social networks and collective photographic projects. E logbook and web development. Jungleye and OST

Wednesday the 19th
Visual culture. CFD
Communication and conflict resolution in intercultural groups. Erika Zarate

Thursday the 20th
Collective photographic and political self representation processes. Oriana Eliçabe
Design and conceptualization of an interactive documentary website for participatory photography projects. How does it work? Taller Estampa
Sound recording. Chloe Despax

Friday the 21th
Participatory photography workshops “ Transit Tales” with Séverine Sajous
Fundraising, evaluation tools. CFD

Saturday the 22th
PTSD, anxiety and other common issues for refugees and activists. Erika Zarate

There will be translation into english

Unfortunately we have limited spaces for the seminars. If you are very interested in attending fill in this form or write to cfd@cfdbarcelona.com

 

PROJECTS PRESENTATIONS

Thursday the 20h, 7 pm

GENTE GENIAL (Great people) 20’
For four months, 10 amateur photographers with a mental health diagnosis took it to the streets and made portraits of their neighbours in a mobile studio. This contact with the other opened a way to neow relationships between people living in the same neighbourhood.
Vídeo presentation of the project by Photographic Social Vision.

A YEAR IN JAIL 60’

A documentary by Samuel, Abdel, Kamal, Albert and Soufian.
In Catalonia, 300 young people aged 18-23 live in juvenile detention centers. For a year 5 of therm stood a camera to explain how is life behind the walls of a prison. One year to talk about darkness about how time passes, death or freedom. Freedom is the most important thing “one year in jail” is a journey to the insides of a penitentiary facility, told from a point of view unique to the inmates. a radically honest look that breaks the prejudices about how jails are and who lives in them.

Documentary produced by RUIDO Photo / 2015-2016

 

ROUNDTABLE 

Friday the 21th, 7 pm

With: Jungleye, Zakira, OST
Moderator: Jessica Murray

We will talks about how the so-called “refugee crises” is being communicated, sharing the experiences of the organisations we have invited this year: With Séverine Sajous and Julie Brun from ‘Jungleye’, Julie Guiches, Benoit Lorent and Sara Meurant from ‘Oiseaux Sans Tète’ and Ibrahim Dirani de ‘Zakira. The Image Festival Association’.

 

OPEN SCREENS

Saturday the 22th, 4 pm

Come and share your project! We have the coffee and cake, you have a project of participatory photography or art you want to share. There will be simultaneous projections of videos in our classes. Do show and tell!

 

OPENING OF THE EXHIBITION

Saturday the 22th, 7 pm

Lahza 2 Project by The Image Festival Association – Zakira and United Nations Children’s Fund – UNICEF

Photographs taken by children displaced from Syria in informal settlements in Lebanon.

‘Lahza 2” (“moment” or “glimpse” in Arabic) is a continuation of project by ZAKIRA to introduce photography to displaced children in Lebanon, in cooperation with United Nations Children’s Fund UNICEF.

Initiated in 2007 by photojournalist and founder of ZAKIRA Ramzi Haidar, the first ‘Lazha’ project enabled hundreds of children in Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon to express themselves by taking pictures that were published in a book and exhibited in Lebanon, the Middle East and the United States.

Nobody had predicted that an armed conflict would erupt in Syria in 2011. By the end of 2014, more than one million Syrian had sought safe haven in neighboring Lebanon, a small country of four million residents already suffering from a lack of resources and infrastructures that could barely manage such a large number of people in need. “Lahza 2” was born in these dire circumstances.

For a period of over nine months in 2013-14, Ramzi Haidar, other members of ZAKIRA, and volunteers traveled across Lebanon to teach photography to 500 Syrian and Palestine Refugee children from Syria in tented settlements, from the South to the North, from Beirut to the Beqaa Valley. The children live in miserable conditions in these settlements, which are clusters of tents made with whatever materials their families could find.

Photography plays a therapeutic role by allowing children to express themselves in an artistic and peaceful manner. It is also a creative way of alleviating the pain of these children who have been severely affected, and some traumatized by conflict and exile. Through photography, children can record their daily lives and explore their abilities and talents. Some of these children have not been able to attend school since their arrival to Lebanon.

Children have a candid, authentic and pure way of seeing the world. These young photographers do not try to show the misery of their life in the settlements nor they make any kind of statement. They merely capture pictures of the world around them and the intimacy of their daily life with a stunning genuineness. This is why their pictures are so moving; they allow us to see the dire state of life in displacement through the eyes of children.

Jungleye. France, Germany, Greece and Lebanon

Our project started in In November 2015, when Séverine Sajous -photographer -, and Julie Brun – architect- , created the association Jungleye and started to facilitate participatory photography workshops in “The Jungle”, an informal refugee and migrant camp in Calais (France).

While playfully learning the art of photography, migrants «reveal» us their own experience. The pictures — whether they be moving, uplifting, emotional, bleak or even comical in nature — are then made into postcards, each with a custom message from the author. This double message (image and text) allows the authors, if only temporarily, to unburden their spirits and unveil their experiences to the world.

The choice of the postcard is deliberate. It creates a contrast with the dramatic imaginaries of exile, and brings the stories of the journeys and lives of migrants and refugees in a medium normally reserved for happy holidays souvenirs.

Under the theme of « Wish we weren’t here », the postcards present us with a visual journal of the travels and lives of migrants and refugees

In our current socio-political context, where issues around migration and refugees raise a lot of concerns, we want to use a different approach. These postcards enable us to take the first step towards “the Other”, within a certain distance and framework; an epistolary relationship.

In March 2016, Jungleye migrates from Calais to Zweibrücken refugee camp (Germany). Postcards start flowing in unusual directions. Those “made in jungle” reach another community in transit: « We have a lot of work », « We are warm». New dialogues between people – migrants or otherwise – start to happen.

Retracing the steps of exile and leaving Europe to go to to the sources of this transitive memory was the obvious next step. From June to August 2016, Jungleye has gone to Greece and Lebanon with one objective in mind : to outline the evolution of hopes, expectations, frustrations, and the borders of an imaginary under (de)construction.

 

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