RefuFest

Exhibitions

Legal Alien in Prague 

Legal Alien in Prague is an ongoing portrait photography project of Agnes Csernus, a Hungarian photographer living in Prague. Project’s aim is to show the diversity of foreign people living in this city  with hundreds of portraits and present a true overall situation about migration in Prague which is very similar to other big European cities situation.  

“There is a strong tendency in some European countries in our days that certain political forces are gaining influence by acting as defender while generating the fake vision of enemies and maintaining the fear.

This kind of politics leave fingerprints on many levels of the everyday life from children’s education to the atmosphere of homes. In most of the cases fear comes from false or missing information. Fear from the unknown is working like poison. A significant part of the society is afraid of the migrants although they have never met a single one. My goal is to show the diversity of the migrant community in Europe and to encourage people to acceptance of each other through communication. Minimalism as visual language is the key for giving the possibility to percipients to meet all the models one by one and to look into their eyes, feeling like walking in the crowd.”– photographer says. She organized 7 shooting days at different public locations in Prague with more than 100 participants so far. This is a pro bono voluntary project, people can sign up online.

There are no restrictions on the basis of age, sex, color, religion, national origin, gender expression, or any other status. Everybody is welcome who lives but wasn’t born in the Czech Republic.

http://www.csernusphotography.com/

Where: Exhibition space

Prague through foreigners eyes

“… a city makes the perception of time more appealing, it makes the future more beautiful. That is its role in the universe. City stays calm while we are on the move … we leave, but beauty remains.” Joseph Brodsky, Russian and American essayist and poet, winner of 1987 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Prague is always new and special. There is nothing stiff or monotonous about her. And that is her persistence. The kaleidoscope of colors, faces, flowers and architectures gives birth to new feelings and meanings. That is why is every encounter with Prague a joy and a surprise. That never changes.

Prague’s sculptures, trams, carnival of architectural pictures and styles, people’s faces, noisy pubs, cozy cafes, which remain unchanged over many decades, these all conduct an incredible symphony, echoing in the heart of anyone who once visited this magical place. Prague – a beloved city.

Series of photographs – this is an attempt to show Prague alive in the various manifestations of its unchangeable beauty and harmony.

“My name is Andrej Kavpus. My mom is Czech, but she left with her mom and grandmother to the, at the time, Soviet Union at an early age. This is the beginning of my own journey to the Czech Republic. I was born in Omsk, West Siberia. Over the years, I lived and worked in St. Petersburg and Moscow.

I moved to the Czech Republic in 2014. Now I live and work in Prague. 
My encounter with photography was pretty much random. About a year and a half ago, I went to a photography workshop organized by the Center for Integration of Foreigners. I was the only one who came with a cellphone, but since then I cannot imagine my life without camera.”

Where: Exhibition space

Volunteer project

Answers to questions such as: What is home? What makes us humans? What was your favorite hobby back home?

Where: Exhibition space

“World of everyone” – exhibition

“My exhibition includes photographs that absorb nature, different secluded places, and other topics. They always capture something different. In fact, the pictures are almost not linked with each other, as each was from another world. Everyone would like different pictures – photographs in which they see their world. Our own little magic world, which we all of us have, and each of these worlds is different. Someone, for example, has found his world in nature of the woods, someone else loves to ride a train. Some of us like to be alone in private and feel great in their quiet world they found here. In short, everyone in their small, magical world.”

autor: Vivien Hamzová

Where: Creative zone

Do you see what I see?

Each year millions of children flee their homes to escape armed conflict. “Do You See What I See” lets young refugees shine a light on their world and share it with others. Through images, children reveal loss and longing, hope and fear, simple pleasures and complex emotions. Do you see what they see?

„She doesn’t know how and will not have the chance to live her childhood. It was taken away from her by the war and destruction of Syria. A child’s vision in Za’atari Camp is different from the vision of other children in the world. The child in the camp looks at the very far horizon so that she could find a way out of this situation and carry on with her life – like the other children. Play, joy, happiness, friendship, childhood.“
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„My name is Rhagda and I am from Damascus. I’m 14 years old. I want to be a lawyer and I like drawing pictures.“ ; Each year millions of children flee their homes to escape armed conflict. Growing up in exile, sometimes orphaned or separated from loved ones, they are often haunted by violence and loss – but also resilient enough to envision better days ahead.
„Do You See What I See” lets young refugees shine a light on their world and share it with others. Through writing and photography workshops led by photojournalist Brendan Bannon, they learn to capture their observations in a few lines of poignant prose or a single striking photograph.
In these words and images they reveal loss and longing, hope and fear, simple pleasures and complex emotions. Do you see what they see?

Where: Creative zone

(ne)viditelné příběhy

Osobní portrét a foto storytelling

 

These photo essays came out during the workshop ‘Personal portrait and photohraphic storytelling’ organized by InBaze.

Photo essays are results of creative process. Participants used visual language in order present their own personal stories – about migration, identity, childhood, memories, homes, activism, feminism, life in another country, xenophobia…and many others. Tiny details – whether they  show up on surface or deep within – could be discovered in those visual stories. This process of discovery will depend on the viewer. That is how the title of the exhibition, ‘(In)visible Stories’ came out. We believe that each of these photo essays is very personal and brave step towards expression of one’s own identity. Each of these photos contain universal and current themes which resonate with our society

Where: Kino

Exhibition of Ateliér InBáze

Exhibitions presents children’s artworks made during this school year in Atelier InBáze. Our art atelier offers safe place for children to experience and cultivate creativity, improve language skills and social interactions between migrant children and their czech friends. The topic of this semester was czech folk sayings and traditions

Where: Small conference room/cafe