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Lost and Found through the Migrant Experience

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This event brings together different voices including former child migrants, artists, film makers and researchers to explore the significance of objects that have been lost or preserved during the migration experience.

Through discussion and film screenings, the conversation will explore how objects, such as photo albums, smartphones and personal artefacts, can evoke complex stories of displacement, as well as their representation in exhibitions, film and through social media.


Eithne Nightingale, researching child migration to East London from 1930 to the present day, will explore the role of family photographs in sustaining memories and a self of identity. In conversation with Argun Imamzade, she will present and discuss the film Life is a Destiny, which tells the story of how thirteen year old Argun saved his family photograph album, going back to the Ottoman period, by concealing it behind a metal cabinet during the Cypriot conflict in 1964. It was the only object to survive the bombing when Argun travelled as a refugee to the UK.

Photographer and activist Gideon Mendel will discuss his recent project Dzhangal, a powerful exhibition held at Autograph ABP using objects gathered during visits to the ‘Jungle’ refugee camp in Calais. This project responded to the challenges and sensitivities faced in conducting a collaborative documentary project with residents of the camp.

Marie Gillespie, from the Open University, will explore the importance of the smartphone as photographic archive and creative tool. Reflecting on her collaborative, creative work and ethnography with children and their families at Pikpa refugee camp in Lesvos, she will explore issues of memory, communication, death and survival amongst loved ones home and away. Her talk will include a slideshow made by children and young people at Pikpa as well photos taken in the camp that illustrate themes of loss and connectivity.

This event is a partnership between Autograph ABP and the Centre for Childhood Cultures, a collaboration between Queen Mary University of London and V&A Museum of Childhood.

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