The Living Refugee Archive is honoured to host this virtual online exhibition by Amin Kamrani entitled: 20/20.
This initial virtual exhibition is the result of a collaboration with the photographer Amin Kamrani and Kirandeep Kaur, PhD Researcher in Law and Development at the University of Tilburg. They are now focused on a new Displaced Photovoices project reflecting on the agency, resilience and livid experiences of forced migrants in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The title of this exhibition stems from an idea Amin Kamrani had to help support refugees currently residing in Kuala Lumpur. Amin’s project was to bring together 20 copies of 20 of his photographs taken within the calendar year 2020 to create both an exhibition but also a means to sell these photographs with 25% of the proceeds from the sale of these photographs going to refugee and vulnerable communities in Malaysia. You will have the option to buy these beautiful landscapes and portraits from the 1st October.
20/20: The sale of 20 20 copies of 20 photographs in 2020. Amin began the project during the initial phase of the COVID-19 response in Malaysia and the introduction of the Movement Control Order (MCO), implemented by the Malaysian federal government restricting the movement of people on 18 March 2020 (Wikipedia, 2020) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which restricted people to their own homes.
“It’s a perspective that is as spiritual as it is physical, perhaps offering a glimpse of what it means to be displaced, or to be on an endless journey of transition.”
(Mae Chan, 2020).
Amin Kamrani has been living in Kuala Lumpur since 2011 have arrived from Iran. Amin has been active in supporting community outreach in Kuala Lumpur since his arrival in the city whilst also pursuing study as a photographer and filmmaker. Amin has engaged with a number of community organisations in the city and is also a member of the Parastoo Theatre Team. Parastoo is an Afghan refugee-led theatre group, which highlights the experiences, emotions and lives of Afghan people living in exile.
The images presented in the gallery can also act as a means for new engagement and interpretation. Amin reflects that the framing of each photograph was a spontaneous and improvised moment that captured his attention and when he had his camera ready to hand. The photographs were taken in Malaysia (three in Kuala Lumpur, one in George Town, one on the road to Genting Highlands, and another at Cherating Beach); with a further nine having been taken in Iran; and the remaining four in the Turkish city of Antalya, adding a nuanced and global dimension to his work.