Recreating page 111 of Tings Chak's graphic documentary Undocumented in the style of a familiar source for news media: an Instagram post. #refugeecrisis #detainees #refugees #canadasdetentioncenters #indefinitedetention #tingschak #illustration #therefugeerepertoire #humanbeings #news #protest #humanrights #thebanalityofevil
An illustrated story animated in a virtual reality film, The Sea Prayer is a refreshing take on conveying a refugee narrative, a story of humans. An immersive experience that demands the viewer’s full attention and participation, The Sea Prayer was created by Khaled Hosseini to commemorate the death of Alan Kurdi who died at sea… Continue reading The Sea Prayer – an Uncommon Narrative
The Lexicon of the Sea Prayer A Lexicon is a Greek word that we use today to literally mean "dictionary." According to the Cambridge dictionary, it is (a list of) all the words used in a particular language or subject. After watching the Guardian's illustrated story animated in a virtual reality film titled The Sea… Continue reading The Sea Prayer: A Lexicon
Chak’s pages seemed to sing Anna Arendt's words to me over and over and over again: the banality of evil, the banality of evil, the banality of evil. In claustrophobic spaces, a nauseating eerie feeling consumed me as I placed myself, room after room, in Chak’s black and white pages; the whole time thinking of… Continue reading Infrastructuralism in Undocumented
The most important thing that I've learned in this course would be that despite the common tropes that surround the refugees and their experiences, in the end, the people who travel from their homes to begin a different life, are human. They are mothers, daughters, fathers, sons, aunts, uncles, teachers. farmers, doctors, journalists. Inspired by… Continue reading ONE THING I HAVE LEARNED
What started off as a simple doodle, gained more and more meaning as the illustration unraveled. It took the shape of Greece and I placed myself in some of the places which I've visited, or others which I was able to better imagined myself in. Although literally, human beings are not as trapped and as… Continue reading Human Interaction With Infrastructure
This is the story of my relative who experienced migration -or the closest thing to it... I was asked not to share his name, it was very difficult for him to tell me his story. Perhaps four panels don't really do his experience justice.
Growing up as a Greek-American in a country that doesn't appreciate its citizens mixing with "foreigners," wasn't the easiest while growing up. I grew up with the children in the panel above, had lived in Greece just as long as they had, looked greek with my brownish hair and olivey skin and I spoke the… Continue reading A Challenged Identity
UNHCR was established/formed in 1950 and since then has gone through political and apolitical stances in facing and addressing refugee issues both of which have either limited or aided with the humanitarian organization's outreach plan, a plan that strives to protect and seek solutions for refugee groups and individuals. Some of those solutions, as depicted… Continue reading UNHCR Mapping
“Indeed, storytelling is part of people’s everyday life, a cultural and intersubjective experience to the core (Eastmond 2007) in which a person draws on the cultural repertoires at his/her disposal to make sense of, imagine, and negotiate with others the world around them; such an exercise, this chapter argues, is simultaneously individual and collective, positional… Continue reading The Nando Sigona article and the Thi Bui approach.