BB Exhibit 2017
Claiming a New Place on Earth
Thousands of teenagers arrive in the UK every year seeking asylum, some with family members, many on their own. Many have missed out on an education and are scarred by war and having to flee their home countries. In the UK, they must navigate complex systems to get the support they need. Yet these are also young people with talent, pride, aspirations and dreams.
We wanted to let young refugees tell their stories in their own words, so we commission and curated an exhibition –supported by Mishcon de Reya and IKEA – at Protein Studios in the heart of Shoreditch and collaborated with photographer Caroline Irby and journalist Veronique Mistiaen to record the journeys of a series of refugees and asylum seekers who arrived in the UK as minors and are now coming of age.
These young people are from Syria, Ivory Coast, Iran, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Ukraine and Pakistan. They talk about the lives they left behind and their new lives here –not only the hurdles and challenges they face, but also their hopes for the future. We decided to photograph each of them in the context of their dream jobs.