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This is Evidence - Re-Picturing South Asian Migrant Men in Greece

November 02, 2022 - November 18, 2022
10:00 AM EDT - 5:00 PM EST
Paul H. Cocker Gallery (Toronto Metropolitan University), 325 Church St, Toronto, ON

A multi-media exhibition of undocumented South Asian migrant men sharing images and stories of their lived reality as migrant workers in Greece

CERC Migration hosted the exhibit This is Evidence, curated by Reena Kukreja, Department of Global Development Studies, Queen’s University.

This exhibition combined South Asian migrant men’s voices and testimonies, visual and oral, that they considered important to share with the larger world. All images and videos were taken either by the research collaborator, Reena Kukreja, at the behest of the men who pointed out what needed to be documented, or by the men themselves who would often take her camera or cell phone to click photos.

By centring migrant subjectivities, this photovoice-based multi-media exhibition gives voice and power back to the migrant workers by allowing them a medium to present themselves unmediated and directly to diverse sets of audiences. The migrant men, by showing their reality as workers, seek to draw attention to the similarity of migrant labour precarity and exploitation globally. For them, this project is a political act of resistance. They recognize all other avenues to get their viewpoint across to policy makers and ordinary people are closed to them. Through photovoice, they seek to give voice and power back to all migrant workers and thus disrupt dominant narratives of othering because of their race, gender, ethnicity, religion, migrant illegality, and low-class status.

“This will let the people learn how we live our lives here”

Undocumented Bangladeshi migrant worker, Manolada, Greece

This exhibit is supported by: