|LGBT Refugees Exhibition: Pride & Prejudice|
by Redaktie in Theatre, Art & Expo , 29 June 2018
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Refugees with an LGBT background have their creative talent and their lives as artists take centre stage in the special exhibition ‘Pride & Prejudice’. Through moving personal stories and art installations, visitors experience the diversity, creativity and survival instinct of refugees from different parts of the world, travelling to the Netherlands because of their sexual orientation.
The exhibition can be visited free of charge from 14 June to 15 August in the Amstelpassage of Central Station, and from 14 June to 16 July in the IHLIA LGBT Heritage premises of the OBA public library near Central Station.
According to Syrian dancer Ahmad Joudeh “Being a refugee does not mean you cannot be an artist. Art gives you the freedom you do not have in daily life.” Joudeh is one of several artists and performers from countries such as Iraq, Iran, Syria, the Russian Federation and Trinidad who have fled because of discrimination, often with violence.
In interviews Joudeh and other participants tell us what it is like to be an artist, LGBT and a refugee. In various tents, work by Ahmad Joudeh (dancer, Syria), Bero Mostafa (DJ, Syria) Trevor Felix (photographer, Trinidad), Sarjon Azuz & Tamman Azzam (painter & sculptors, Syria), Demir Demirov (painting - Russian Federation) , Sabreen Awad & Noor Alshankiti (singer, Syria - video editor, Iraq) can be viewed. “Every tent is black on the outside, but full of colour inside. This also holds true for our participants, who can now fly a rainbow flag for the first time in their lives,” designer Todd van Hulzen notes. His exhibition design was inspired by the passenger caravans of earlier times.
‘Pride & Prejudice’ is organized by the Secret Garden Foundation, which is committed to the interests of LGBTQI refugees in the Netherlands. The exhibition is part of an annual event, Oriendam. This year's theme is “Education and the labour market”. The exhibition is made possible by volunteers and donors.
At Public Library Amsterdam (OBA) Oosterdokskade 143 – 3rd floor
1011 DL Amsterdam
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