Images of the unseen:Lens on the migrant crisis
Photo exhibition & accompanying events
June 30th – July 14th, 2017
The Faculty of International and Political Studies, Jagiellonian University
The Jagiellonian Centre for Studies on Migration (JCSM)
A picture paints a thousand words but without the words themselves, the images are meaningless. In the images of migrant boats, barb-wire fences, tearful children and overcrowded railway stations, violence and human tragedy that have spread inexorably across our screens, we struggle to make sense of the causes, consequences and individual stories that have brought these people to the gates of Europe.
Images of the Unseen: Lens on the Migrant Crisis brings together snapshots of migrant stories through the photos of Omar Marques, taken in Greece, Austria, Serbia and Hungary in the years 2015-17. These images seek to highlight the absence of the human dimension in the politically charged debate about the ongoing flow of migrants to the European continent.
The photo exhibition will kick off with a vernissage on June 30th at 8pm in Tytano (DolnychMłynów 10, Kraków), opened by the Dean of the Faculty of International and Political Studies of the Jagiellonian University, Prof. dr hab. Zdzislaw Mach, who has written extensively about migration and identity.
This will be followed by an explanation bythe curator Natalia Wiernik, who will say a few words about her vision behind the exhibition.
The exhibition will be accompanied by series of events that will help to understand the migration crisis and stimulate discussion about human rights and the role of Europe in the global context.Events will include movie screenings, workshops and discussions.
Project has gained the honorary patronage of three rectors – of the Jagiellonian University, the University of Science and Technology (Academia Górniczo-Hutnicza), as well as the Academy of Fine Arts (AkademiaSztukPięknych) as well as President of the City of Krakow - Jacek Majchrowski.
Admission is free to all of our events !
Accompanying events (June 30th– July 14th)
Date: June30th, 9am / Krupnicza 33 (WPiA UJ), Sala Zielona
Panel: Visions of Europe, Visions from Europe: The Experience of Migrant Journeys to the Promised Land.
In the framework of the MA inEuroculture Intensive Programme (Visions of Europe)
This panel discussion will help to bring to life the stories behind the images. An image can be powerful but when married to firsthand experience, real life stories and hard hitting academic research, a richer and more effective narrative may be told. The panel will bring together activists, aid-workers, researchers and migrants to discuss their experiences and visions of the crisis from different standpoints. The aim is to debate the various and often conflicting images of the migrant/refugee that have taken shape in Europe in a manner which allow the underlying human stories to be set against a broader backdrop of the events which have led to it.
Moderator: dr hab. Beata Kowalska– Professor of Sociology, Jagiellonian University
Date: July 30th: 8pm / Tytano, DolnychMłynów 10, Kraków (building vis a vis the entrance from ul.DolnychMłynów, Istfloor)
Vernissage: photo exhibition of “Images of the Unseen”, by photographer Omar Marques
The evening event will be opened by the Dean of the Faculty of International and Political Studies of the Jagiellonian University, Prof. dr hab. Zdzislaw Mach, who has researched extensively about migration and identity.
This will be followed by an explanation bythe curator Natalia Wiernik, who will say a few words about her vision behind the exhibition, as well as photographer Omar Marques.
Date: July 3rd, 6:30pm / Tytano, DolnychMłynów 10, Kraków (building vis a vis the entrance from ul.DolnychMłynów, Istfloor)
Discussion: Hands-On, Hands Off: Front-Line Workers in the Migratory ‘Sphere’(in Polish)
A discussion with front-line workers and activists about their daily challenges, their motivations, their rewards and their visions of the future for those they work with. What are the confines in which they work? What are the dangers? What are their experiences with migrants, government, police and border patrol guards? The aim is to step inside the world of front-line workers – those at the intersection of peoples and cultures – and their daily interactions, obstacles and visions of the crisis at hand.
Moderator: Agnieszka Pikulicka-Wilczewska – New Eastern Europe
Date: July 4th, 7 pm / Tytano, DolnychMłynów 10, Kraków (building vis a vis the entrance from ul.DolnychMłynów, Istfloor)
Film „The Longest Journey” + panel & discussionRafałKostrzyńskiUNHCR Polska(in Polish)
Date: July 5th 7:30pm / Tytano, DolnychMłynów 10, Kraków (building vis a vis the entrance from ul.DolnychMłynów, Istfloor)
Tour of the exhibition and accompanying discussion with photographer Omar Marques (in English)
Date: July 6th6:30pm / Tytano, DolnychMłynów 10, Kraków (building vis a vis the entrance from ul.DolnychMłynów, Istfloor)
Workshop: Bringing down the Wall: Challenges and Opportunities of the Stranger at the Door (in Polish/ English translation possible)
A workshop / discussion aiming at confronting mechanisms of discrimination and stereotyping in differing spheres of society whilst discussing tools used to break down fear, hate, and the negative depiction of the Other. A discussion with those in positions to affect change – teachers, policy-makers, activists and intercultural coaches amongst others – and their challenges, tools, ideas and actions. The aim is to circulate best practices, try out new ideas, and discuss the difficulties of the task at hand.
Moderator: Dr Karolina Czerska-Shaw – Institute of European Studies, Jagiellonian University
Date: July 8th 19:30 / Tytano, DolnychMłynów 10, Kraków (building vis a vis the entrance from ul.DolnychMłynów, Istfloor)
Film screening "Show all this to the World" director: Andrea Deaglio, 2015, Italy
An initiative of Watch Docs
Introduction to the film / discussion: Dr hab. Joanna Hańderek–Institute of Philosophy, Jagiellonian University
Date: July 14thTytano, DolnychMłynów 10, Kraków (building vis a vis the entrance from ul.DolnychMłynów, Istfloor)
Guided tour of the exhibition with curator Natalia Wiernik(in Polish)
Guided tour of the exhibition with curator Natalia Wiernik + meeting with photographer Omar Marques
Auction of student art from Academia SztukPięknych (ASP) and other artists based in Krakow – proceeds from the auction to be transferred to selected NGOs / initiatives working with refugees/ migrants on the ground – led by DrEwaKrzaklewska (Institute of Sociology, Jagiellonian University) and WojtekPiróg.