HOPEN Turkey Mission
The Hopen Turkey mission was conceived in partnership with Social Effects, a portuguese organization that supports, develops and manages humanitarian projects. Together they assembled a team to develop an action plan on art, education and memory production. The mission consists of an expedition to refugee camps in Turkey for the purpose of social integration and empowerment of refugee applicants through practices and use of artistic tools. The team intends to strengthen the human dignity of people who find themselves in these conditions and offer resources so that they can express, document and give visibility to the difficulties faced in the daily life of the fields.
The invisibility of the reality lived by refugees inhibit effective changes in this humanitarian crisis. The little news that comes through the media tends to emphasize terror and war, causing fear and stigmatizing refugees, who are seeking peace and a safe place to live. The lack of information and access to these life histories is a barrier to generating empathy and social inclusion for millions of people fleeing the violence of decades of war.
Sensitized with this context, we ask ourselves: But what do the people who actually do part of these places for months or years have to say about their reality? And we seek through this question to create actions that mobilize affection and dissolve prejudices, so that we can take greater steps toward a more just and humane society.
Objectives of the mission:
- Take photo workshops for refugees
- Work the photographic technique and the critical and cultural view of the place where they live and what is happening around them.
- Create a platform on the internet so that refugees can expose their eyes on their own history (alternative media)
- Collect refugee testimonials and messages
- Produce 360 content, presenting new perspectives on the reality of the fields
- Develop postcards with content produced in this experience, as a device that discusses borders.
- Produce a documentary with the active participation of refugees in the production of content, script, and directing the look.
- Edit book with the material produced, in which the refugees feel represented.
Budget and due dates
The amount collected will be destined to expenses with tickets, food and lodging of the four members of the mission.
Delight, stay and food (4 people): 2,050 €
Rewards: € 1,990
PPL Commission: € 410
All content produced and work done will be done without remuneration for the team.
Hopen Lebanon * The mission will take place from July 19 to July 29. During the 10 days we will perform: 3 photo workshops with children living in the refugee camp; Production of audio-visual content with a script built in partnership with refugees; Production of 360 camera content from the everyday of the fields to the web platform; Collect testimonies about the reality lived in the fields.
Editing and publication of the content will be held in the period from August 5 to October 5 After the incursion in the fields we will edit the material and deliver within 60 days the following contents: Book with photographs taken by the refugees during the workshop, Photographs of Elisabete Maisão, besides texts, maps and other contents produced throughout the mission; Web platform for documentation of extra material produced during the mission (360 photos, manuscripts, audios); Documentary produced in partnership with the refugees during the days of living in the countryside; Postcards produced with photographs taken during the workshop, and handwritten messages written by the refugees telling a little of their reality.