Giving refugees a voice through art

KUALA LUMPUR, April 6 — The one thing refugees need to get them through the ordeal of trying to find a new home? Hope.

Fortunately, a group of Myanmar refugees in Malaysia found hope when a team from the Canadian Pre-University (CPU) programme in Taylor’s College provided an opportunity for the refugees to learn photography and exhibit their works.

Titled “Everyone Has Hope: A Photography Project with Burmese Refugee Youth”, the project started in 2010 with successful exhibitions at Annexe Gallery and KLPAC. This year sees their fourth gallery showing at The Cube Gallery.

Datuk Marina Mahathir will be present on the opening night and this year’s exhibition will also showcase performances by Myanmar children, photographs depicting their lives as refugees in Malaysia as well as videos of the refugees.

Colin Shafer, a CPU lecturer with Taylor’s College, is the founder of this project.

“Our team’s ongoing mission for this project is to provide disadvantaged youths with the opportunity to express themselves... have a voice through art. We also hope that by running this project, it will help the refugee youths to build some invaluable skills and raise money for organisations that are helping refugees here in Malaysia,” said Shafer.   

Limited-edition archival prints of the photos will be sold throughout the duration of the exhibition with the proceeds going to the ACR Refugee School. Entrance to the exhibition is free.

Everyone Has Hope: A Photography Project with Burmese Refugees living in Malaysia from Colin Boyd Shafer on Vimeo.

Date: April 14-21

* April 14 — opening night (5pm-10pm)

Time: 5pm - 9pm (weekdays)

Venue: Cube Gallery, Ampang, Kuala Lumpur

Check out the Facebook event page here and the Tumblr site for the project here. Directions to the venue can be found at the Cube Gallery website here.



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