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Wednesday, 28 February 2024 to Saturday, 16 March 2024
Opening: 
Thursday, 29 February 2024 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

‘On the Move: Mobile Phones and the Tapestry of Home’

28 February–16 March 2024

Beaconsfield

22 Newport Street

London  SE11 6AY

Wednesday–Saturday, 12-5pm.

Opening celebration

Thursday 29 February, 6-8pm

FREE TO ALL

‘On the Move: Mobile Phones and the Tapestry of Home’ emphasises the role of mobile phones as symbolic links connecting individuals to their origins.  

A combination of fiction-documentary film, photography, written and spoken word draws viewers into the intricate world of migration, memory, and the quest for belonging; underscoring the nuanced relationship between modern technology and deeply personal memories and perceptions of home.

This active exhibition is a dialogue: both story of, and testament to, the shared human experience of the journey of migration, homemaking, and integration.

Beaconsfield is delighted to contribute to the research of Dr Azadeh Fatehrad by collaborating on the UK iteration of ‘On the Move: Mobile Phones and the Tapestry of Home’, produced as part of the MaHoMe research project (2020-2024), generously funded by Nordforsk.

The exhibition results from a series of participatory aesthetic workshops undertaken in Sweden, the UK, and Denmark, in partnership with NGOs and facilitators. 'On the Move: Mobile Phones and the Tapestry of Home' exhibition is the outcome of a joint effort between the Baltic Art Center Visby, Compass Collective, and Kingston University.

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About Azadeh Fatehrad is a Senior Lecturer and International Research Lead at Kingston University. As an interdisciplinary scholar in the fields of migrant homemaking and the politics of integration, Dr. Fatehrad combines research, artistic, and curatorial practices to explore these dynamic areas. Her extensive participatory research, developed in collaboration with diverse communities and NGOs across the UK, Sweden, and Denmark, delves into the complexities of societal integration. Additionally, she contributes her expertise as an executive board member of the European Artistic Research Network. www.azadehfatehrad.com.

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+44 (0) 20 7582 6465
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About Compass Collective is a charity dedicated to supporting the integration of young refugees and asylum seekers into the UK through the arts. By delivering a range of projects in theatre, music, and film, along with arts-led professional development programs, Compass Collective plays a crucial role in helping these young individuals build resilience and find their place within the community. The organization specifically focuses on assisting unaccompanied minor refugees and young asylum seekers, offering them a unique blend of creative avenues to express themselves and develop new skills. The primary goal of Compass Collective is to strengthen communities, foster resilience, and facilitate the integration of people seeking sanctuary into the UK. Annually, they support approximately 500 young people aged between 14 to 26, hailing from over 28 locations across the UK. A significant portion of these individuals, about 70%, are unaccompanied minors at the initial stages of their immigration journey. To maximize their impact, Compass Collective engages in collaborative efforts, connecting with various organizations and establishing partnerships. They work alongside charities, including the British Red Cross, and arts organizations such as Shakespeare’s Globe. These collaborations aim to provide a platform for cultural sharing and celebration, furthering Compass Collective's mission to promote integration and community cohesion through the arts. https://www.compasscollect.com

About The MaHoMe project, titled "Making it Home: An Aesthetic Methodological Contribution to the Study of Migrant Home-Making and Politics of Integration," generously funded by NordForsk. This initiative takes an innovative stance on the challenges of migration and integration by delving into the ways in which migrants establish and conceptualize home within the intricate and varying politics of integration across three host societies: the UK, Denmark, and Sweden. Employing a multi-disciplinary approach that encompasses multi-sited ethnographic methods, the project integrates critical discourse analysis, visual ethnography, and participatory aesthetic methods. This novel methodology allows for an in-depth analysis of comparative-historical perspectives  on integration policy-making alongside narratives of migrant home-making. Furthermore, it incorporates participatory aesthetic methods that emphasize migrant contemporary cultural expressions. Through visual imagery and soundscapes sourced from smartphones, the MaHoMe project aims to empirically engage with migrants' experiences and expressions of home and home-making, offering a unique lens through which to understand these processes. https://mahomeproject.com

Venue ( Address ): 

Beaconsfield
22 Newport Street
Vauxhall
London
SE11 6AY

Beaconsfield , London

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