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Colombian Student  Eliana Alejandra with

MIGRANTS: Colombians in London Photography exhibition is a participatory and collaborative project that asks the question: What does home mean to you?

The exhibition opens on Saturday 8th of April at 6.00 pm and finishes at 9.00 pm

The aim of MIGRANTS: Colombians in London is to talk about migration at this moment in time, after the results of the Colombian Referendum for the PEACE, back on Sunday 2nd of October 2016. The results were very divisive; No Vote- took the total of 50.21 % of the votes and Yes Vote- took the total of 49.78% of the votes.

It is important to share a platform where we can hear and share the voices of Colombian migrants in an open and creative way.

The exhibiting photographers are: Mirta Osorio, Luz Acevedo, Julian Martinez, Veronica Posada Alvarez, Paulina Acevedo, Barbara L. Lopez Cardona, Myriam Ojeda Patiño, Diana Garcia, Laura Marcela Campos R., Andres Posada, Angelica Quintero, Diego Echeverry & Nancy Elena Mu Campo.

The exhibition is part of a larger programme; talks and poetry.

The schedule for the event is shown below:

6.00 pm talk by Azja from the Hive- Dalston

6.10 pm poetry by Barbara L. Lopez

6.20 pm talk by Myriam Ojeda Patiño
"The body as an encoder and de-encoder of meanings, a catalyst of the environment that surrounds it"
The body as a vulnerable space; In very adverse conditions, it may be that our body remains as the only belonging and strength.
And is that when nothing is left around, in a disintegrated environment, it remains, as the last stronghold of resistance and as a surprising source of resilience.

6.30 pm talk by Luz Acevedo
"Banana unites us all Colombian families"

6.45 pm talk by Mirta Osorio
"Home as a broader concept including duties and rights" &
"Learning a broader definition of home and how we all benefit from it". 

7.00 pm talk by John Cerpa. 
The subject of my intervention is:Colombians abroad, in times of emigration and exile.One of the consequences of the social and armed conflict in Colombia during the last 5 decades has been the internal and external mobilization of individuals or human groups to safeguard their physical integrity or seek new opportunities.Violence in any of its political, economic and social forms was and remains one of the causes for Colombians to mobilize. But this conglomerate of citizens brings with itself something very important. And it is the hope of a better world, that everything will improve and change. Emigrants and exiles are characterized by the fact that they make their host country a new hope for a better life full of opportunities.

7.10 pm talk by Carlos Valencia & Eliana Alejandra from Rebuild Mocoa.
"In the early morning of Saturday April 1st 2017, a landslide ccurred after a night of extremely heavy rain. It swept away more than 36 neighbourhoods in the town of Mocoa in South West Colombia. At least 311 people have been killed, hundreds more are injured and over 45,000 people are directly affected. These figures are set to rise as the number of missing and injured people is yet to be fully established. Hundreds of Colombian students in the United Kingdom, with the support of the British Charity Children Change Colombia and the Colombian Embassy in London have come together to raise funds for the country as it faces this arduous humanitarian challenge. We are inviting you to join our cause #REbuildMocoa, so we can provide financial relief that will go beyond the immediate humanitarian help and seek for a mid-to-long term intervention."

7.20 pm talk by Andres Posada from New Tribe
Last year "New Tribe Arts Collective" were really active supporting the peace process and paticipating in the production of different events "Creer es el primer paso" and "Cerenata pa'Colombia" and "Colombia:Peace, Art and Culture". 

7.30 pm meet the photographers and drinks

9.00 pm closure

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