People who have been forced to leave their countries and make a new life in Greece are the focus of a new art project running in Athens.
Face Forward …into my home is at the EMST Temporary Exhibition Space in the Greek capital and highlights the different stories of the people who have braved dangerous journeys to live in Greece.
The whole project includes workshops on storytelling, portrait photo shooting as well as a photography exhibition regarding refugees and asylum-seekers currently living in the greater Athens area.
Storytelling workshops: Refugees create autobiographical stories and build narratives in which they share memories, hopes and aspirations, using art as a stimulus to explore forced migration, social integration and social interaction.
The project continues with the photographic portraits which are based on the narratives emerging from the storytelling. These depict the daily life of refugees in Athens. Together, photography and narrative create the face and the story of the refugees, reminding us of emotions, feelings that connect us all in the same way.
The third phase is the exhibition itself of the portraits and stories crafted by the refugee community. These will be presented until Feb. 18 through electronic means in a specially designed exhibition space, together with a short documentary of the project.
Face Forward …into my home presents the real people behind the statistics that have become actors in the current Greek refugee crisis. The main goal of the exhibition is to open a window onto their personal stories, but also to their dreams and aspirations, which in the end, remain the same of any human being. Refugees, despite the difficulties faced, have not lost their identity or their hope, and are longing to resume a normal life.
This is the main aim of the ESTIA program which provides help through accommodation and support, making sure that refugees lead more secure and normal lives, gradually taking back control (http://estia.unhcr.gr/en/home/).
(Tuesday – Sunday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Monday closed)
National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (EMST)
Kallirrois Ave. & Amvr. Frantzi St.