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Photography exhibition sees refugees ‘Claiming a New Place on Earth’

PUBLISHED: 16:33 06 October 2017 | UPDATED: 16:57 06 October 2017

Ammar Alsaker, 22, from Syria, aspires to be a visual merchandiser. Picture: Caroline Irby

Ammar Alsaker, 22, from Syria, aspires to be a visual merchandiser. Picture: Caroline Irby

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At Protein Studios in Shoreditch from October 10 to 15, the exhibition features the combined work of photographer Caroline Irby and journalist Veronique Mistiaen

Emad from Iran aspires to be a doctor. Picture; Caroline Irby Emad from Iran aspires to be a doctor. Picture; Caroline Irby

Refugee charity Breaking Barriers brings back their annual photography exhibition, this year with the theme “Claiming a New Place on Earth”.

Running at Protein Studios in Shoreditch from October 10 to 15, the exhibition again features the combined work of photographer Caroline Irby and journalist Veronique Mistiaen.

Irby’s pictures feature young adult refugees, some of whom travelled here as minors and came of age in the UK. She collaborated with the Pulitzer Prize nominated Mistiaen, who spent time speaking in depth with each person in order to retell their stories.

One of these stories is of Emad Izadi, age 23, who came unaccompanied from Iran at the age of 16. Since arriving Emad has learned English and won a place to study biomedical science at Kingston University, but had to stop last month as he couldn’t afford his tuition. He plans to become a doctor, and is being assisted by Breaking Barriers with advice and employment support.

Madina Bamba, 19, from Ivory Coast, aspires to be a nurse. Picture: Caroline Irby Madina Bamba, 19, from Ivory Coast, aspires to be a nurse. Picture: Caroline Irby

“At Breaking Barriers, we offer a unique approach to helping refugees find meaningful employment, therefore rebuilding their lives and integrating into their new home,” says Matthew Powell, Founder and CEO.

“The key to this is the contribution made by the businesses we work with across Greater London. Breaking Barriers develops long-term, sustainable solutions to the issue of refugee integration, by creating partnerships to help refugees overcome the barriers they face to employment.”

Caroline Irby also photographed last year’s exhibition with Veronique Mistiaen, which featured portraits of refugees from Syria, Iran, Iraq, Somaliland and East DRC in the moment they first felt free in the UK.

The exhibition hopes to inform visitors of the struggles faced by refugees and asylum seekers, build empathy and encourage more people to reach out to them. The UK is home to 120,000 refugees and 20,000 new applications come in every year.

Maheen from Pakistan aspires to be an accountant. Picture: Caroline Irby Maheen from Pakistan aspires to be an accountant. Picture: Caroline Irby

October 10 – 15, entry Free. Protein Studios, 31 New Inn Yard, EC2A 3EY

breaking-barriers.co.uk

e charity Breaking Barriers brings back their annual photography exhibition, this year with the theme “Claiming a New Place on Earth”.

Running at Protein Studios in Shoreditch from October 10 to 15, the exhibition again features the combined work of photographer Caroline Irby and journalist Veronique Mistiaen.

Irby’s pictures feature young adult refugees, some of whom travelled here as minors and came of age in the UK. She collaborated with the Pulitzer Prize nominated Mistiaen, who spent time speaking in depth with each person in order to retell their stories.

One of these stories is of Emad Izadi, age 23, who came unaccompanied from Iran at the age of 16. Since arriving Emad has learned English and won a place to study biomedical science at Kingston University, but had to stop last month as he couldn’t afford his tuition. He plans to become a doctor, and is being assisted by Breaking Barriers with advice and employment support.

“At Breaking Barriers, we offer a unique approach to helping refugees find meaningful employment, therefore rebuilding their lives and integrating into their new home,” says Matthew Powell, Founder and CEO.

“The key to this is the contribution made by the businesses we work with across Greater London. Breaking Barriers develops long-term, sustainable solutions to the issue of refugee integration, by creating partnerships to help refugees overcome the barriers they face to employment.”

Caroline Irby also photographed last year’s exhibition with Veronique Mistiaen, which featured portraits of refugees from Syria, Iran, Iraq, Somaliland and East DRC in the moment they first felt free in the UK.

The exhibition hopes to inform visitors of the struggles faced by refugees and asylum seekers, build empathy and encourage more people to reach out to them. The UK is home to 120,000 refugees and 20,000 new applications come in every year.

October 10 – 15, entry Free. Protein Studios, 31 New Inn Yard, EC2A 3EY

breaking-barriers.co.uk

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