Jafra Foundation for Relief and Youth Development
The refugee experience is represented by the challenges of integrating into new communities while maintaining connections to their culture and traditions. The arts present a platform to explore this complexity. Photo journalism documents the joys and difficulties that personalize the refugee experience. Theater is leveraged to look back, connecting one's self with culture and community. Through self-curated exhibitions, participants reconcile the conditions that define their complex lives.
Tilemachou 14, Athens, Greece
Europe, and the world broadly speaking, have been receptive to nativist and populist messaging that marginalize the migrant experience. Putting a literal face to the crisis, may increase empathy from the public, break down barriers between communities and reaffirm the importance of social cohesion.
Experiences faced by refugees in Greece will be acknowledged, empathized. Barriers broken down between communities leading to enhanced social cohesion between refugees and host communities. Capacity building through access to quality inclusive training enhancing opportunities in the labor market.
The refugees in Greece will curate an art exhibition reconciling the conditions that define their lives. They will use both photo journalism and theater as mediums to do so, all whilst expanding their capacities of these crafts. In addition, Greek language classes will be offered and incorporated into the exhibition in order to strengthen social solidarity within their current community. The exhibition will be organized in spaces which maximize access and visibility.
Jafra is a group of refugees, originally Palestinian, with most of their staff having already suffered immigration, marginalization and ramifications of the absence of democracy. In light of this, Jafra works with refugees to initiate a variety of social programs and to achieve social justice.
There are dual target audiences. One is to assist the refugees in navigating their experience through art. The second is to generate public empathy with the perspective that inclusive communities benefit all and to reduce the stigma surrounding refugees.
We need support to integrate vulnerable refugees into their host communities and step by step work on achieving social justice