Refugee Stories began as a commission for the PhotoEast Festival in 2018 - the theme for the festival was 'Belonging'. I liaised with Suffolk Refugee Support and was invited to regularly attend social events and ESOL groups. By using my pop-up photo-studio, I developed a series of portraits alongside the group who generously shared personal experiences. I learned how to upscale and directly bond each photograph onto OSB wood (a material often used in transportation and rebuilding). Each person wrote a brief testimony, directly onto their artwork using acrylic pens.
Since then I have worked with Rifaii - a refugee from Syria - and Yana & Soffia - a mother and daughter from Ukraine – to develop this series further.
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