Reframing migrant narratives through arts practice

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Marchevska, E. and Defin, C. (2023). Reframing migrant narratives through arts practice . Arts. 12 (2), p. 58. https://doi.org/10.3390/arts12020058
AuthorsMarchevska, E. and Defin, C.
Abstract

In this article, we reflect on our collaborative practice-as-research piece Project Finding Home, that arose from our experiences of working and living in the UK as ‘non-British’ citizens. Engaging with other refugee and migrant artists over three years, we worked deliberately as co-researchers and co-creators in a non-hierarchical dynamic to produce a series of four films reflecting on how we find home when it is so impacted by government policy, social and cultural integration, and intergenerational relationships. This article focuses on two of these films, one made with partici-patory theatre company of Sanctuary, PSYCHEdelight, and one made with conceptual artist, Khaled Barakeh. Through observations of their work, we discuss how their respective uses of comedy (in PSYCHEdelight's show Mohand and Peter) and visual representation (in Barakeh's in-stallation On the Ropes) resist singular views of migrant narratives. Additionally, we analyse our creative and ethical processes for making films with them about their work. Discussing how their aesthetics informed our processes for showcasing who they are and what they do as artists to a wider audience, we examine how artistic practice, its documentation and its dissemination can question dominant aesthetic norms and existing migration and cultural policies in the UK and Europe.

Keywordsco-creation; migration; art and performance; cultural policy;
Year2023
JournalArts
Journal citation12 (2), p. 58
PublisherMDPI
ISSN2076-0752
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.3390/arts12020058
Web address (URL)https://www.mdpi.com/journal/arts/special_issues/arts_and_refugees
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Accepted08 Mar 2023
Deposited24 Mar 2023
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