2 – AWARENESS TOOL
In a second step, these workshops will amplify the voices of millions of migrants and refugees facing the challenges of exile while fighting for their most basic human rights. Narrative production is given to displaced communities to testify about their own stories of exile. This creative photography laboratory plays an important role in questioning and confronting migratory movements, while offering an alternative to the contemporary problems of migration. Throughout this so-called «migration crisis», photography and images in the media have been a powerful tool for shaping public perceptions of events. These images, in turn, influence public opinion, political discourse and institutional solutions (or lack thereof). This project aims to facilitate the production and visibility of images that respect the human character, dignity, resilience, and ingenuity of those in transit. Through the dissemination of the testimonies produced during each workshop, this alternative photographic documentation aims to become a catalyst for change, giving a mutual understanding of the largest population movement since the Second World War. The organization of exhibitions, the dissemination of postcards produced by the participants of each workshop and the setting up of participatory activities in public spaces make it possible to give an identity, a name and an image to the refugees who are most often perceived as an impersonal mass and not as individuals. Images become more than just a message: the physical and emotional journey is transformed into a larger narrative, becoming a story we all share.