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    SPOTLIGHTING THE HIDDEN STORIES OF PEOPLE IN PLACES OF CRISIS.

    World Forced Displacement and Mental Health Day is a global acknowledgement of the voices and lived experiences of people displaced by or living in today's unprecedented humanitarian emergencies. In this context, there is an urgent need to recognise the integral role of mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS).

     

    This day is a global initiative to open dialogue and co-creative exhanges to destigmatise mental health and consolidate humane values for the dignity and self-determination of all people in places of crisis.

     

    World Forced Displacement and Mental Health Day is observed every year on February 17.

     

     

  • THE JOURNEY OF STORYTELLING

     

    WORLD FORCED DISPLACEMENT MENTAL HEALTH DAY EVENT

     

    LONDON 2017

    “Journey of Storytelling” is the inaugural event for Between Borders highlighting the world of culture and the arts and its ability to facilitate thinking on how we understand and respond to humanitarian crises. Our event consists of three presentations by the artists Daniel Cotterrell, Edwin Mingard and Mohsin Mohi-Ud-Din, each of which will be proceeded by a panel discussion.

    Focusing on forced displacement and the power of storytelling, this event asks on how art opens up empathetic communication? How does art help promote dignity, agency, and self-determination for displaced people? Have there been any specific challenges in each method used to deliver these individual messages through creativity?

     

    Speakers Biography

    Mohsin Mohi Ud Din (USA) is the founder of #MeWeSyria and the current Director of Storytelling Innovation for Ashoka's Youth Venture. Before Ashoka, Mohsin worked in public advocacy and strategic communications for the United Nations and UNICEF. He has been working for various human rights organizations since 2003. In 2009, he was granted a Fulbright Fellowship grant and in 2012 was named a United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Fellow. Since 2001, Mohsin has been the drummer for the indie rock and roll outfit, 'Zerobridge', who are releasing their new album on Carte Blanche Records this year. Mohsin's family is originally from the resilient and beautiful Kashmir Valley.

     

    David Cotterrell is an installation artist working across media and technologies to explore the social and political tendencies of a world at once shared and divided. Encapsulating the roles of programmer, producer and director, Cotterrell works to develop projects that reveal complexity, challenge linear narratives and embrace the quiet spaces that are overlooked as the sites for action.

    Cotterrell’s work has been commissioned and shown extensively in museums, galleries and the public realm within Europe, North America and Asia. He has worked in conflicted landscapes, has been a consultant to strategic masterplans, cultural and public art policy for urban regeneration, healthcare and growth areas. He is Professor of Fine Art, Director of Research and Development for the College of Arts and Humanities at
    University of Brighton and a recipient of the Philip Leverhulme Prize.

     

    Edwin Mingard is a visual artist who works principally with moving image, making standalone artists' film and installations. He often takes on mainstream and accessible forms – documentary, music video, glossy magazine in order to engage with the wider public rather than just art people who is around gallery environment. The intertwining strands of technological and social change are central to Mingard's works, and of particular interest is the combined rise of computer processing power and the network that has happened within his own lifetime. His work has been commissioned by the BFI, RSA, Northern Film+Media, the Wellcome Trust, Film London and many other bodies, including academic institutions, public and independent arts organisations and festivals.

     

     

    The event is organised by Vanessa Thevathasan (Executive Director of Between Borders) and Ying-Hsuan Tai (Chief Curator of Between Borders)

    Supported by P21 Gallery (http://p21.gallery/)

    Date: 17th February 2017
    Time: 6:00 - 8:30 pm
    Location: P21 Gallery (21-27 Chalton Street, London NW1 1JD, UK)
    Free admission

    World Day event: http://www.displacementmentalhealthday.org/
    Between Borders: http://www.betweenbordersinternational.org/

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    Led by Mohsin Mohi-Ud- Din, #MeWeSyria is working with Syrian teams in Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan to decentralise the power of narrative and activate young Changemakers through storytelling innovation. Having recently expanded new refugee-led hubs in Gaziantep and Beirut, #MeWeSyria founder, and Ashoka Youth Venture's Storytelling Director, Mohsin Mohi Ud Din, will share his experiences running the programme, offer fresh insights and shed light on important needs and messages of refugee youth communities involved in the programme. Mohsin will also present two new Syrian youth-made storytelling pieces and video messages from Syrian teams overseas.

     

    Credit: #MeWeSyria

    https://dangerville.wordpress.com/mewesyria/

     

    Visual artist Edwin Mingard will give a presentation on his project “SERCO” – a Zimbabwean asylum seekers' magazine, which portrays a photo story by documenting the experiences of their daily lives, presented in the format of a glossy fashion magazine. The project draws upon the experiences of those who have lived in detention, showing them as a ‘person’ in charge of their own stories instead of relying on others’ decision as an asylum seeker.

     

    Credit: Edwin Mingard/Liz Hingley
    (http://www.edwinmingard.com/serco/)

    Visual artist David Cotterrell is going to talk about his latest work "Mirror III : Horizon" on Friday! It is part of the “Mirror” project, a series of two-screen works devised to provide insight into global communities that experience distancing and objectification. “Mirror” experiments with perspective in order to challenge common human assumptions and provide insight into nuanced personal and collective narratives.

     

    Mirror III : Horizon examines what might transpire between two strangers if their communication was reduced to the language of lights. Filmed in Malta, set against the dramatic edges of the island’s stunning coast and contextualized by the island’s deep historical experience of visitors who arrived repeatedly by sea, the installation draws on the fluctuating paranoia of the current refugee crisis. Mirror III examines what might possibly be communicated between strangers if their words were reduced to beams of light and their faces need never be revealed.

     

    Mirror III is presented as a two-screen filmed project, showing the dynamic dialogue between a light on shore and a light at sea.

    In preparation for Mirror III, a prototype iPhone app has been developed to send, receive and interpret Morse Code – a form of communication used traditionally to convey a situation of human emergency.

     

    All credit © David Cotterrell (2016) and Ruwanthie de Chickera.
    http://www.cotterrell.com/projec…/4584/mirror-iii-v/image-2/

  • meet the changemakers

    #MEWESYRIA

    THE POWER OF NARRATIVE

     

     

    Ashoka's Youth Venture and #MeWeSyria believe that healing, resilience, and community-building are possible by decentralizing the power of narrative through equipping young changemakers with the tools of storytelling, communication, creative enterprise.

     

    While grounded in a social entrepreneurship framework, the Me/We storytelling program for changemakers intentionally integrates therapeutic frameworks, borrowing from narrative therapy and logotherapy, to focus more specifically on self-awareness, trauma recovery, and restoration of control and agency in a context of perceived powerlessness.

     

    It is important to pay attention to the refugee and migrant crisis, but it is also important to move beyond the headlines and support and value brave young changemakers within these communities.

     

    To learn more about the Me/We Storytelling Initiative, please visit bit.ly/meweunite and follow its founder, Mohsin at @mohsindin on Twitter.

    Support these brave young changemakers via Questscope.org, Darb-Syr, and Ashoka's Youth Venture.

     



    Music by 'Waiting Around' Dexter Britain

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  • This is the story of Yaman.

    Crossing the border from Syria to Turkey, he faced landmines, machine guns and the loss of his family in order to get out of a warzone.

     

     

    The stories of Zeinah and Yaman have been beautifully told by The Worldwide Tribe and their partners at Creative Connection.

     

    The Worldwide Tribe highlights the humanity behind world issues, and aims to inspire global community and leave a legacy of positive, social change.

     

    They use creative storytelling to bring a personal, human perspective to the issues that people want to know about, while investing in grassroots projects that make a direct difference to the lives of those in need.

     

    The Worldwide Tribe believe that the world is getting smaller, and we want to connect people all over the globe in one community of international citizens; The Worldwide Tribe.

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