“I believe we feel safest when we go inside ourselves and find home, a place where we belong and maybe the only place where we really do”
— Maya Angelou
What does ‘home’ mean to you? This public showcase of works exploring home, identity & belonging at King’s College London is the culmination of several months of collaborations between artists and researchers in the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy. The evening will include performances produced by the public, students and researchers from King's Migration Research Group and UK in a Changing Europe who have been exploring the theme of home through poetry, writing and illustration workshops.
The evening will include:
- Poetry by Tolu Agbelusi, a Nigerian British poet, multidisciplinary artist, educator and lawyer. A BBC Slam Finalist, she performs widely, was shortlisted for the 2018 White Review Poetry Prize and has been published nationally and internationally.
- Poetry performances by workshop participants
- Screening of short film Are you British? Is this Home? Over the last 2 years, poet Tolu Agbelusi interviewed over 40 people trying to discover what home is. The Home Is... project is a poetry-based cross-arts exploration of the impact of emotional and physical displacement on the ways we conceptualise home.
- Q&A chaired by Munira Mirza, Executive Director for Culture, King's College London. Speakers include Dr Leonie Ansems de Vries, Lecturer in International Relations and Chair of the Migration Research Group; Matthew Bevington Public Policy Researcher at the academic thinktank The UK in a Changing Europe; John McLaverty , a Youth and Community Organiser for Oxfam GB and Georgian artist Anna Virabyan.
- Launch of Shado collective, an online & print publication amplifying the voices of those at the frontline of political social and cultural change. The name stands for See, Hear, Act, Do and the collective wants to celebrate the myriad of ways that creatives, researchers and activists are using their talents to shine a spotlight on marginalised issues from around the globe.
- A selection of photography from ‘Visualising the Margins Exhibition,’ Curated by the Visual & Embodied Research Methods Network (VEM) and the King’s Gender Network.
- A section of items from ‘Museum Without A Home’ an award-winning exhibition by Oxfam, showcasing items donated by the Greek population in solidarity to those seeking protection in Greece. The exhibition has toured around New York, Greece and across the U.K and it is now being hosted at The Exchange at King’s until the 30th March.
This showcase forms part of a larger collection of work based on research and teaching within the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy, in collaboration with artists and alumni.