Disposable Perpectives

29 May 2017


At the end of 2016, 15 disposable cameras were given out in the then newly opened Porte de la Chapelle refugee camp in Northern Paris. The aim of the project was to allow those living in the camp to document their own experiences and to revise the media perspective of the refugee crisis. The photographs are being exhibited in London from 2-9 June 2017. 

Of the 15 given out, 8 were returned. There were various reasons for the ones lost including police brutality, an issue underplayed in the media and experienced by people shockingly often. In some ways, these loses tell as much of a story as the developed photos, the instability of these peoples’ lives reflected in the interruption of their participation.

The photos from the 8 developed films offer a touching insight into the lives and individuality of people normally defined by their immigration status. It is clear those involved appreciated being listened to and the resulting series is one of friendship and resilience in the face of difficult circumstances.

Alongside the cameras, each photographer was given a blank postcard to write an accompanying message for their photos. Those returned show a sharp awareness of this opportunity to send a message out to the world, one reading ‘police don’t respect to the asylum seekers! Guys asylum seekers not animals, asylum seekers are people!’ whilst another ‘well maybe I’m not professional photographer but I know that what I done it means what I felt and I think photos is kind of art’. Overall, the notes emphasize the heartfelt tone of the photographs, one entitled ‘good life in France’ with another ending ‘thank you for giving me hope’. 

The photos and postcards are being exhibited 2-9th June at the HIVE, Dalston with the aim of platforming these strong, individual voices to as many as possible. The more people to see these images, the better chance they have of dispelling prejudice in an increasingly fearful society. The fact the project was undertaken in an adult mens’ camp gives it particular potential, this group having suffered the greatest media scaremongering of all.

Disposable Perspectives
Returning the narrative of the refugee crisis to those most affected by it.
When: Launch night 2 June 6-11pm, 2-6pm 5-9 June
Where: The HIVE, Dalston
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