Today opens at Science Po Lille (Institut d’Études Politiques de Lille) an exhibition that I have been working on for a few months and which will expand and develop over the next three years, via the INFOCON-Project, steered by the Internationalist Foundation
“Here and There” is seeking a better understanding of the relationship between diaspora communities and their home counties sometimes affected by conflicts or tensions, internal or external. This exhibit is part of the first of three conference cycles organized via the INFOCON project in order to better disseminate the findings and trends the research has so far laid out. The is therefore the debut of an exploration, a project very close to the people, their emotions and sometimes their sensitivities. It promises to bring great photographic result, maybe with only subtle visual impact, but most importantly with deep, personal perspectives on human beings, their experiences and their evolution moving across borders in our ever more integrated world. I have thus explored various Diasporas in London and abroad and will continue to work with them in the next two years along with the academic research being carried on. With the help of close friends in London, I have been able to get in touch with Rwandas, Iraqis, Kurds, Moldovan and, with the help of my great friend and colleague Renaud Philippe from Stigmat Photo, with various actors of the Tibetan community in London and India.
As this is an evolving project you are very much encouraged to leave comments and suggestions hereafter.
* The exhibit will be on display at Science Po Lille until May the 14th, the conference taking place on the 6th and 7th.
Ambassador Gatete of Rwanda in his London office, in front of Rwandan President Paul Kagame's portrait
Ambassador Gatete of Rwanda in his London office
15 years on - Commemoration of the Rwandan Genocide, London
Prayer and sermon at the Commemoration of the Rwandan Genocide, London
Commemoration of the Rwandan Genocide, London
نوروز (Nowrūz) celebration, display of Abdullah Öcalan portrait, London
نوروز (Nowrūz) celebration, Mr. Omed Ali, a Kurd from Iraq celebrating at Trafalgar Square, London
Oula Kadhum has been living in the UK since the 1st Gulf War and returned to Iraq for the first time in 19 years last April (09). She is now a post-grad student at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) London and her research focuses on the impact of the 2003 Iraqi occupation on womens rights
Members of the Moldovan Diaspora in London against the communist party running for election in Moldova
Dechen Pemba. UK born Tibetan was deported from China for dubious reasons, only a few weeks before the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She had been living in China for two years, learning Mandarin.
Tenzin Tsundue Tibetan political activist and poet, born in Indian and very active for the Tibetan both in Tibet and on the international scene
Paldem Gyatso is a Buddhist monk who was jailed for 33 years in China. He now tells his story in conferences around the world displaying some of the torture material he stole from jail
Lhasang Tsering one of the first Tibetan refugee to migrate to India, at the age of 7
Special meeting of the Tibetan Diaspora in Dharamsala, India, initiated by the Dalaï-Lama, but from which he was voluntarily absent