Exhibition in MIMA - This is Water
This exhibition looks at the long histories of migration that have forged the current shape of the UK. It is about the rich languages, cultures and identities that are formed by many ethnicities and nationalities coming together. It highlights the dominance that some groups of people hold over others and the damage that racism continues to have.
International Migrants' Day: We Are All Migrants
The partners of New Mappings of Europe project have initiated concurrent events for the International Migrants' Day on 18 and 19 December 2018 to celebrate, accept and make visible our rich histories of migrations. In recent years, discussions about migrations have been marked by the so-called refugee crisis as the media have dubbed the more numerous than usual border crossings. The word migration thus conjures up images of endless caravans of people from the Middle East, the militarised responses of the EU states, social polarisation and the rise of hate groups. The point of view that presents the mass migrations as an extraordinary natural disaster that states must control deflects from a true understanding of this multilayered process. Mass migrations of people from one region to another have a complex history and are inextricably entwined with global economic processes that equally affect the local populations and the migrants.
New Mappings of Europe is a two-year collaborative project of four different art and cultural institutions from Serbia, Slovenia, Austria and the United Kingdom, which will generate knowledge about the migrants’ cultural heritage in Europe and make cultural and art institutions more accessible to local communities of migrants of the first and second generations as well as to the new communities of asylum seekers and refugees. The project consists of four exhibitions, accompanied by a rich public mediation programme, artist residencies, a common web platform, and an international conference. The aim of the project is twofold: on the one hand to deal with past phenomena related to migrations, and on the other, to link these phenomena to current migrations.