DISCUSSION: "Refugees, Art and Journalism"

When we talk about refugees we usually talk about numbers and statistics rather than faces or stories. Refugees as a group devoid of rights, home, or future remain face- and voiceless. 13 Countless victims, whose bodies are found on the trails through the Sahara or on the Mediterranean shores, have neither names nor histories. Two new and fresh takes on the subject offer a different perspective: Kate Evans, a British cartoon artist, and Sarah Glidden, an American artist, tell the stories and paint the faces of refugees in journalistic graphic reports. Evans and Glidden travelled to refugee camps in France and the Middle East, and they report on ordinary people who became refugees as a result of political persecution and war. For Europeans and Americans, they represent the ‘essential other’—a threat because of their religion, their quest for a life, and their willingness to escape an almost certain death in a faraway region. In a joint panel both artists will present their work and discuss questions of art and journalism. 

Monday September 25, 2017 06:00 PM
Monday September 25, 2017 07:30 PM
Global and International School Building, room 0001
Mirjam Zadoff, Alvin H. Rosenfeld Chair in Jewish Studies and Associate Professor in History
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This event is part of Themester 2017 Diversity Difference Otherness.
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