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Book Launch: Creative Refuge

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16/09/15 7pm

What is is like to be a child growing up in a refugee camp?  The Mosaic Rooms are pleased to present the book launch of Creative Refuge, a publication documenting Febrik’s art-based research workshops with children in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon.

At this event, Febrik’s Reem Charif and Mohamad Hafeda will discuss their experiences of running three workshops which form the basis of the publication. These took place in 2003, 2004 and 2005, at the Beit Atfal Assomoud (BAA) and Burj al-Barajneh refugee camps, and explored children’s Dream and Play practices in relation to their living conditions – in the dense urban camp environment, and the political constraints of their status – as residents in refuge. Through their play, work and creativeness the participating children communicated what it is like to be a child in the world today, and specifically within a refuge camp.

Creative Refuge is a research catalogue of the participating children’s stories, dreams, play spaces, and related family histories, as well as a research document of the social and spatial findings of the workshops. It is also an educational manual for practitioners and educators working with children and participatory creative processes – particularly for those interested in working with “ contextual” and “ situated” learning, and issues of displacement, rights and refuge.

Febrik is a not-for-profit collaborative platform for participatory art and design research projects with practicing architects, designers and artists active in the Middle East and the United Kingdom. Their main area of concern lies in the dynamics and practices of public spaces in relation to social and urban change. Febrik use art and design based research methodologies and processes to enhance community engagement and action. The collaborative was set up by Reem Charif, Mohamad Hafeda and Joumana al Jabri.

FREE, rsvp@mosaicrooms.org


The book has been made possible through the support of A.M. Qattan Foundation and Prince Claus Fund’s “Selat: Links Through the Arts, 2012”, Palestine International Institute, Norwegian People’s Aid and Aramex.


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