The desires for freedom, safety, and self determination move people across the globe, away from familiar landscapes and across geographic borders. Lack of these basic necessities have lead many to Cyprus.
The second largest island in the eastern Mediterranean, Cyprus is surrounded by Turkey in the North, Syria in the East, and Egypt in the south. With over 2 million visitors a year, it is a popular tourist destination for EU, Russian, and Turkish citizens. It is also a major landing spot for migrant workers from Southeast Asia, North Africa and Eastern Europe. Silently amidst the shuffle, the sex trafficking industry thrives.
In close relationship with local nonprofits and human rights advocacy groups in Cyprus, the multimedia installation and web based storytelling project will highlight narratives of TCN that live, work and study in Cyprus, empowering participants share their perspectives and experiences, allowing us to draw attention to the issue, and promoting inclusion and long-term integration strategies instead of control and discrimination of the other.
An increasing need to raise awareness and foster empathy for refugees and migrants worldwide motivates me personally to explore participatory and inclusive visual storytelling with the hopes to instigate dialogues and sensibility towards protecting and sheltering the most vulnerable populations around the world.
For more information and partnership opportunities please contact
Maren Wickwire (firstname.lastname@example.org)