There’s No Place Like Home: Justice, Migration & the Arts

copyright ©Hoda Afshar

copyright ©Hoda Afshar

There’s No Place Like Home: Justice, Migration & the Arts
Wednesday 24 – Friday 26 April 2019

A three-day event addressing the relationship between migration, detention and the arts. There’s No Place Like Home brings together international award-winning artists who have experienced and documented their own journey through creative practice and text, with academics who have worked with broad narratives of global migration. The event will comprise of an exhibition, a series of workshops, talks, screenings, readings and a symposium. 

There’s No Place Like Home is sponsored by the Lincoln Institute for Advanced Studies through its LIAS Visiting Fellow program. The 2018-2019 Fellow John Erni (HKBU) will take part in the three-day event which mirrors further work planned in Hong Kong later in 2019.

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There’s No Place Like Home: Justice, Migration & the Arts
Remain: Exhibition 
By Hoda Afshar 
24 April – Saturday 1 June 2019
Open during events, workshops & talks

Hoda Afshar (winner of 2018 Bowness Prize) was born in Tehran, Iran (1983) and is now based in Melbourne, Australia. Working across photography and moving-image, she considers the representation of gender, marginality and displacement. In her work, Hoda employs processes that disrupt traditional image-making practices, play with the presentation of imagery, or merge aspects of conceptual, staged and documentary photography.

In 2017 she visited Manus Island and worked closely with detainees, using photography and film to document the lives of detained refugees including Behrouz Boochani. Boochani is a Kurdish Iranian writer who sought refuge in Australia but was instead sent to the country’s notorious offshore detention centre on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea. He is author of the award-winning Manus Island memoir, No Friend But the Mountains (2018). This series of work will be exhibited at Mansions of the Future during and beyond There’s No Place Like Home: changing the landscape for migration and the arts, a three-day event addressing the relationship between migration, detention and the arts.

There’s No Place Like Home: Justice, Migration & the Arts
Behrouz Boochani: Artist Talk
Wednesday 24 April, 10am – 11.15am
Free,
booking required 

 Behrouz Boochani is a Kurdish Iranian writer who sought refuge in Australia but was instead sent to the country’s notorious offshore detention centre on Manus Island, where he is still detained. Boochani’s Manus Island memoir, No Friend But the Mountains (2018), bridges activism and art, offering a searing political critique of Australia’s immigration policies, as well as a personal and poetic mediation on the experiences of refugeeism and indefinite detention. Boochani’s memoir was composed entirely via Whatsapp messages sent to friends and allies outside of the offshore detention centre where he has been held for almost six years. 

The book was awarded the non-fiction prize and overall best book prize at Australia’s highly prestigious Premier of Victoria literary awards ceremony in January 2019. Stephanie Hemelryk Donald will introduce Boochani, who will speak live from Manus Island via WhatsApp.

Copies of Boochani’s book will be available to purchase at the event.

There’s No Place Like Home: Justice, Migration & the Arts
No Friend But the Mountains (2018): Readings
Wednesday 24 April: 11.30am - 1pm & 2pm - 4pm
Thursday 25 April: 10am - 12pm & 2pm - 4pm
Free, drop in

Actors and professional performers will read from Behrouz Boochani’s Manus Island memoir, No Friend But the Mountains (2018)The book was awarded the non-fiction prize and overall best book prize at Australia’s highly prestigious Premier of Victoria literary awards ceremony in January 2019. Boochani is a Kurdish Iranian writer who sought refuge in Australia but was instead sent to the country’s notorious offshore detention centre on Manus Island where he is still detained.  

There’s No Place Like Home: Justice, Migration & the Arts
Composition
Wednesday 24 & Thursday 25 April, 1pm – 2pm
Free, drop in

A new composition by Simon Le Boggit will be performed in the space, created in response to Boochani’s work and supporting texts including There’s No Place Like Home: The Migrant Child in World Cinema(2018) by Stephanie Hemelryk Donald and works by John Erni and Dominic Symonds. Their works deal with justice, arts and migration in the modern world.
Simon Le Boggit is a Lincolnshire based composer and multimedia artist currently attempting to distil “meaning” from chaos. This includes the auto-composition of algorithmic music in which every single note is created independently, with its values of pitch, length and score-position being dictated by a vast array of random number generators. Any emergent melody, harmony and syncopation in these compositions are a product of chance, and the human brain’s compulsion to identify patterns. 

There’s No Place Like Home: Justice, Migration & the Arts
Artist Workshops
Wednesday 24 April 10am – 6pm & 25 April, 10.30am – 4pm 
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Deadline Monday 18 March

Workshops led by practitioners, including photographer and filmmaker Hoda Afshar and poet and artist Daniele Pantano,will connect East Midlands based emergent performers, writers and artists to the ideas explored in Afshar and Boochani’s work and supporting texts including There’s No Place Like Home: The Migrant Child in World Cinema(2018) by Stephanie Hemelryk Donald and works by John Erni and Dominic Symonds. Their works deal with justice, arts and migration in the modern world. 

Participants will attend talks, readings and performances taking place throughout day 1 before participating in workshops taking place on day 2. 

Please download an application form to apply to become a participant. 

There’s No Place Like Home: Justice, Migration & the Arts
Hoda Afshar: Artist Talk
Wednesday 24 April 2019, 5pm – 6pm
Free,
booking required 

Hoda Afshar (winner of 2018 Bowness Prize) was born in Tehran, Iran (1983) and is now based in Melbourne, Australia. Working across photography and moving image, she considers the representation of gender, marginality and displacement. In her work, Hoda employs processes that disrupt traditional image-making practices, play with the presentation of imagery, or merge aspects of conceptual, staged and documentary photography.

In 2017 she visited Manus Island and worked closely with detainees, using photography and film to document the lives of detained refugees including Behrouz Boochani. 

Part of Wednesday Sessions, a 6-month programme of talks curated by Mansions of the Future. The Wednesday Sessions will highlight artistic practices which are based on collaborative and collective processes, where art is actively and critically engaged with its immediate context.

There’s No Place Like Home: Justice, Migration & the Arts
Omid Tofighian: Talk
Thursday 25 April 2019, 12 noon – 1pm
Free,
booking required

Omid Tofighian is a lecturer, researcher and community advocate, combining philosophy with interests in citizen media, rhetoric, religion, popular culture, transnationalism, displacement and discrimination. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the American University in Cairo, an Honorary Research Associate for the Department of Philosophy at the University of Sydney, faculty at Iran Academia, and campaign manager for Why is My Curriculum White? Australasia.

He contributes to community arts and cultural projects, and works with refugees, migrants and youths. He is the author of Myth and Philosophy in Platonic Dialogues (2016) and translator of Behrouz Boochani's memoir, No Friend But The Mountains: Writing From Manus Prison (2018).

Omid will offer an informal talk about the process of translating Boochani's text.

There’s No Place Like Home: Justice, Migration & the Arts
Remain: Film Screening 
By Hoda Afshar 
Thursday 25 April, 5pm – 7pm
Free,
booking required

Hoda Afshar (winner of 2018 Bowness Prize) was born in Tehran, Iran (1983) and is now based in Melbourne, Australia. Working across photography and moving-image, she considers the representation of gender, marginality and displacement. In 2017 she visited Manus Island and worked closely with detainees, using photography and film to document the lives of detained refugees.

Part of Film Club: Freedom, delivered by Mansions of the Future supported by Lincoln Film Society. Film Club: Freedom will ask the people of Lincoln to share films that are significant to their sense & experience of freedom. Remainwill be introduced by Prof Stephanie Hemelryk Donald, lead organiser of There’s No Place Like Home.