We decided to hold a story-telling event because how could we better challenge the rhetoric of migration than by asking people to tell their own true tales of it? Stories are a powerful medium: they underpin the myths that shape our worlds, they allow us to peek through a window into other lives, they show us that the experiences of people we never thought we could know are not so different from our own. Stories allow us to take part in a spoken community and transcend the isolation of the written word. So bridges can be formed that allow us to see migrants not as other or numbers, but as our neighbours and friends - people whose lives interweave with our own in place in and kind.
Migration Stories will also be accompanied by a complementary exhibition: Portraits of Migration. Portraits of Migration shows the people of Brixton in a whole new light: we look behind the facades to hear what people think of themselves. The people we see every day in the corner store, the cinema, the tube suddenly become worlds unto themselves - each with a unique story of migration and choice. We will show various style of portraits showing everyday people in Brixton, accompanied by a snippet of their lives, in their own words.
The night will link into the One Day Without Us movement taking place across the UK on 20 February 2017. One Day Without Us is a national day of action by and in support of migrants in the UK to coincide with UN World Day of Social Justice.
Migration Stories is being co-hosted by Spark London and Migration Collective
Portraits of Migration will be exhibited for a further two weeks following this at Brixton Public Library.
Upstairs at the Ritzy, Brixton Rd, Brixton, London SW2 1JG
20 February 2017, 7:30-10:00pm