Face Forward …into my home
14 September – 14 October 2018
Makasi Gate, Heraklion
Opening: Friday, 14 September 2018 at 19:30
Opening hours: Monday- Saturday: 10.00 - 14.00 and 17.00 – 21.00 | Sunday closed
Exhibition curators / Idea-Implementation of the project
Μarina Tsekou, Education Curator EMST
Ioannis Vastardis, Photographer
The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (EMST) in collaboration with UNHCR and the support of the European Commission's department for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), presented in winter 2017-2018 at the Museum in Athens, the interactive art project Face Forward …into my home. Following its warm reception in Athens, the project is now hosted in Crete, from 14 September to 14 October 2018, in the framework of the Municipality of Heraklion Festival “Crete, one history, 5+1 civilisations”, and is also expanded with the participation of refugees who reside on the island.
Face Forward …into my home focuses on the stories of people who have been forced to leave their homelands and are rebuilding their life in Greece. It includes storytelling workshops inspired by a selection of contemporary artworks from the collection of the EMST, the photo shooting of portraits, and an exhibition with photo portraits and recorded personal stories of refugees and asylum-seekers, who are now living in Greece and benefitting from ESTIA, the Emergency Support To Integration and Accommodation programme implemented by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and funded by ECHO.
ESTIA means Home
Face Forward …into my home introduces the public to the faces behind the numbers and the refugee situation in Greece, and tells their stories - the family members, the woman, the man, the teenager. Getting to know these human stories, one realizes that even though they lost almost everything when they were forced to flee their homes, they still share many of the same desires and dreams that we all do. They haven’t l