art & exhibitions

Gift Giving: printmaking sessions with young refugees

Explore the social meaning of gift-giving in a printmaking session with young refugees and asylum seekers.

Sessions are free, one-to-one and last around 20 minutes. Please add your name to a time slot on our sign-up sheet to participate.

Artists Afshin Dehkordi and Saeed Taji Farouky have been collaborating with a group of young refugees and asylum seekers. Together, they have been learning monotype printmaking. During each session, a young person passes on their newly acquired printmaking skills to a member of the public.

The conditions that give rise to the psychiatric definition of trauma are loss, threat and loss of social meaning. This project explores how social meaning can be fostered through the principles of gift-giving.

This installation is a refuge, a sanctuary, a safe space, as well as a printmaking studio to research, collect, and explore ideas. A place to share a creative process where the artists take a step back and the installation is activated by the public and the young people. The project continues with a conference on art, psychiatry and forced displacement and a publication in 2017.

The artists would like to thank Southbank Centre, Wellcome Trust and Amiel and Melburn Trust for their kind support, psychiatrists Dr Matthew Hodes, Dr Kamran Saeedi, architect Carl Fraser and the young people from Amazing People of the World, based in Croydon.

Refugee Week at Southbank Centre is celebrated in partnership with Counterpoints Arts.

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Royal Festival Hall
Green Side Foyer, Level 2