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Migrant Narratives of Citizenship

Awan, Nishat. 2016. Migrant Narratives of Citizenship. In: "A Topological Atlas of European Belonging", Yorkshire Sculpture Park, United Kingdom, 31 Oct – 27 Nov 2016. [Show/Exhibition]

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Creators: Awan, Nishat
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An immersive video installation by artist and academic Nishat Awan in the refurbished Bothy Gallery. Grounded in original field research, Migrant Narratives of Citizenship: A Topological Atlas of European Belonging presented a collection of maps which follow the borders of Europe, particularly along the Black Sea.
The exhibition traced a route through the borderlands of the ‘refugee crisis’ narrating stories of migrant journeys and the clandestine crossing of borders. An unfinished and provisional Atlas of European Belonging visualised Europe through its margins and the spaces of transit, movement and stasis produced by those on the move.

This timely project, developed in collaboration with artist Cressida Kocienski, took as its starting point the historical connection between the way states represent themselves through maps and how citizens and non-citizens are defined. Awan considers maps to be world-making entities traditionally created by those in power, rather than as visualisations of an already existing world.

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Migrant Narratives of Citizenship: A Topological Atlas of European Belonging was supported by the Independent Social Research Foundation, University of Sheffield and ESRC Festival of Social Science.

Departments, Centres and Research Units: Visual Cultures
Date range: 31 Oct – 27 Nov 2016
Event Location: Yorkshire Sculpture Park, United Kingdom
Item ID: 23656
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2018 08:20
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2018 08:20


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