‘In Which Language Do We Dream?’ is an Impressions Gallery touring exhibition made possible thanks to public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
The exhibition is a co-created project with curator Anne McNeill guiding the photographic selection through collaboration and discussion with Rich Wiles, Ruba and family.
This multi-stranded exhibition offers fresh insights into pressing issues, through the photographic perspectives of the al-Hindawi family, a Syrian family with first-hand experience. Archival family photos rescued from Syria will be presented alongside contemporary photographs by Rich Wiles, new work by the al-Hindawi family, and in particular Ruba al-Hindawi, as well as a specially commissioned film of WhatsApp photos sent by their extended family members and shared across national boundaries.
Since 2011, the Syrian Civil War has seen 500,000 people killed or missing, with an estimated 6.6 million Syrians forced to flee their country and homes. However, what happens after displacement to those who are resettled and forced to rebuild their lives? This exhibition raises debates around issues such as identity, displacement, integration and home, as it challenges our perception of refugees to counter the negative views held within politics and the media.
Documentary photographer, Rich Wiles, lived and worked in refugee camps in Palestine for seven years before returning to England to explore the lives of refugee families displaced throughout the UK. Through the co-authorship, the exhibition considers the power of authentic representation by amplifying the voices and viewpoints of refugee’s experiences first-hand.
This thought-provoking exhibition challenges us to evaluate our own ideas of identity and displacement, considering how refugees are portrayed in the modern-day. Most importantly, through co-authorship the exhibition will consider the power of authentic representation by amplifying the voices and viewpoints of refugee’s experiences. Collectively, In Which Language Do We Dream? is rebuilding a family archive.
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