A New Beginning: How These People Are Changing The Stereotype Of Refugees

Starting a job in a new place is difficult. For refugees, it’s vital to a sense of purpose and self-worth. Samira Shackle speaks to 10 people rebuilding their lives in London about how they are overcoming loss, trauma and longing for home.

Saturday 29 September 2018

Celebrating the power of photography alongside individual stories, A New Beginning is a new exhibition highlighting the lives of 10 refugees living and working in London.

Each person has been photographed by a group of renowned artists including Nick Waplington, Campbell Addy, Diana Markosian and duo Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, all of whom have visually reflected the diverse character of the refugee experience in the UK.

First person interviews which sit alongside each portrait were conducted by award-winning journalist Samira Shackle.

The portraits explore both documentary and fashion photography; the studio and the street, each challenging negative and pessimistic stereotypes associated with the representation of refugees and offering an alternative way of thinking about their individual stories and cultures.

The people featured include Bada, a gay man from Egypt seeking personal freedom, Beilqes, a Yemeni human rights advocate displaced by war; and Yuel, a teenager from Eritrea making the dangerous illegal overland journey to Britain.

For many people, finding meaningful employment is vital to a sense of purpose and self-worth. All of the individuals featured in the exhibition have been, or continue to be supported by Breaking Barriers, London’s leading refugee employment service, who help to find work in line with each individual’s experience and ambition.

If you are interested in supporting refugees into meaningful employment visit breaking-barriers.co.uk

Read the full story here.