Events

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

Three-day event at Mansions of the Future, Lincoln, 24 – 26 April 2019

Hoda Afshar, Still from the video Remain, 2018, Copyright Hoda Afshar

Hoda Afshar, Still from the video Remain, 2018, Copyright Hoda Afshar

About: 

This three-day event addresses the relationship between justice, 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 an immersive installation by award-winning photographer Hoda Afshar, a talk by detainee, novelist and human rights activist Behrouz Boochani, readings from Boochani’s memoir, a series of workshops, talks, screenings, 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.

It is borne out of Professor Hemelryk Donald’s work on childhood and migration, and specifically her book, There’s No Place Like Home: The Migrant Child in World Cinema (2018), which was recently awarded a Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Title.

Where?

The event will take place at Mansions of the Future, a new public space for art and creativity in Lincoln. The building is located next to train and bus stations. Parking is not provided on site, but public car parks are located nearby. Facilities include disabled access, heated studio, WIFI, archive and library.

Programme:

Remain: Exhibition by Hoda Afshar, 24 April – Saturday 1 June 2019

Open during events & 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. 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.

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 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 deliver his talk live from Manus Island via WhatsApp.

No Friend But the Mountains (2018): Readings, Wednesday 24 & Thursday 25 April, 10am – 12 noon & 2 – 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 where he is still detained.

Composition, Wednesday 24 & Thursday 25 April, 1pm – 2pm

Free, drop in

A new composition will be performed in the space, created in response to Boochani’s work and supporting texts including There’s No Place Like Home (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.

Artist Workshops, Wednesday 24 April 10am – 6pm & 25 April, 10am – 5pm

Click to download application: Workshop Application Form

Workshops led by practitioners including Photographer and Filmmaker Hoda Afshar 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 (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 (above) to apply to become a participant.

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. Hoda will speak about her artistic approach, and her trip to Manus Island in 2017, when she used photography and film to document the lives of detained refugees including Behrouz Boochani.