Stories About Hope’: Exploration of Survival, Refugee Identity and Possibilities for Belonging Through Art


In the settings of the World refugee crisis, we get to hear only one story - a story of trauma, victimhood and vulnerability. The visual representation of refugees has become a spectacle of suffering. But what possibilities would open, if we dared to imagine a survivor instead of a victim? Drawing on Wendy Brown, Judith Butler and Allison Weir, we want to argue for a shift in perceptions and representations of displaced and exiled people. Using the case study of the social art project ‘Stories about Hope’, we aim to explore the imposition of refugee identity and discuss the possibilities for belonging. This is a collaborative work of partners, Renee Dixson (visual artist) and Tina Dixson (Doctoral candidate) that has emerged through their personal experience and academic reflection on it.

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Tina Dixson, Institute for Social Justice, Australian Catholic University, Australia
Renee Dixson, University of New South Wales , Australia

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Conference: GLOBAL2017
Stream: The World Refugee Crisis

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