Amin Kamrani’s 20/20 Virtual Exhibition

Introduction

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. 

Support 20/20

Amin Kamrani is committed to supporting some of the most vulnerable communities in Malaysia who have been most directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Here at the Living Refugee Archive, we are very keen to support and contribute towards Amin’s photography and community work.

Consequently, 25% of the proceeds from the sale of any of the 20/20 images reproduced on the Living Refugee Archive will go directly to supporting these communities. To date over RM3,000 (£565/$722) has been raised and distributed to at least 15 families. (RM = Malaysian Ringgit).

Amin’s images will be available to purchase on the Living Refugee Archive shop soon.  You may order directly from the Living Refugee Archive store via Paypal from the 1st October 2020 or contact us if you would like further information on p.v.dudman@uel.ac.uk (Amin can also be contacted directly on kamrani.ma@gmail.com).

If you have any questions in regards payment or transparency issues over how the contributions will reach communities on the ground, please contact us on paypal@livingrefugeearchive.org

 

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Displaced Voices

The first issue of the Living Refugee Archive’s new journal Displaced Voices: A Journal of Archives, Migration and Cultural Heritage was launched in June 2020 for International Refugee Day.  Our aim is for this online and open access journal is to engage with issues pertaining the intersection of refugee and migration studies with participatory archive and oral history methodologies and the role of cultural heritage in relation to the refugee experience. Broad themes will include refugee and migration history; cultural and intangible history; community memory and notions of identity; the role of archives and oral history in documenting the refugee and migration experiences.

The 20/20 exhibition described here will act as an inspiration for the upcoming Special Issue (temporarily titled) ‘Displaced PhotoVoices in Kuala Lumpur’. “Here we hope to combine our collective talents. Amin Kamrani as a photographer, Arifa Sultana as a Rohingya journalist and Kirandeep Kaur as a PhD researcher in Law and Development. We aim to create a visual dialogue with refugee community actors, who are often overlooked or devalued as a direct contrast to the current media portrayal of the same people.”

Further details can be found in the accompanying blog post by Kiran Kaur: 20/20 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Virtual Exhibition and Upcoming Displaced PhotoVoice Special Issue.

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