Saturday 20 June 2020 - Tuesday 30 June 2020
In "Imagine": Voices fron Lebanon virtual exhibition Palestinian and Syrian refugees living in Lebanon explore the theme of imagination through a variety of audio/visual mediums.
In the era of Covid-19, the call to imagine feels more crucial than ever.
'To imagine' means to picture something you can't currently see. To step beyond the current moment, and perceive something different. Rather than being a flight away from reality, imagination is sometimes the best response to it – the only way to get us somewhere new.
Yet, how is imagination different when you are a refugee? How is it different when you are a refugee living through both displacement and a global pandemic? These are the kinds of inquiries we set out to explore with our refugee partners in the field.
More specifically, we asked a few community members from Burj el Barajneh camp in Beirut Lebanon and Bar Elias in the Zahlé District to reflect on the following questions:
What does imagination mean to you? Do you imagine? AND
What is your imagination of the future? What is (a collective) community imagination for you? What is the collective human (global) imagination for you?
The RELIEF Centre is an ESRC funded research centre exploring the path to Lebanese prosperity in the context of mass displacement.