Exhibition documents the plight of migrant men in Greece

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A new ‘photovoice’ multimedia exhibition on the plight of South Asian migrant men living and working in Greece has opened in the Art and Media Lab of the Isabel Bader Center for the Performing Arts.

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The opening reception for “This is Evidence,” featuring a talk by curator Reena Kukreja of Queen’s University’s Department of Global Development Studies, will take place Wednesday at 5 p.m.

“There are approximately 200,000 undocumented migrants from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan living in Greece – most of whom are young, poor men with limited education,” reads a press release about the exhibit. . “Although they have left their homes in search of a better life, their work as agricultural workers or participants in the urban informal economy is characterized by low wages and poor living and working conditions.

“To the exploitation experienced by many migrant workers is added social and political exclusion. Dominant discourses on Islamophobia and xenophobia have enabled an “us” versus “them” narrative in the Greek political landscape. »

The exhibit uses ‘photovoice’, an ‘artistic method of social justice’ using cell phone photos and videos to document the lives of men. Kukreja collaborated with migrant workers for two years on the exhibition.

The exhibit, which runs until May 3, is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Free entry.

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