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Who Belongs? Exodus & Arrival: Jacobia Dahm & Roksana Filipowska

  • Ulises 31 East Columbia Avenue Philadelphia, PA, 19125 United States (map)

Discussion around refugees and immigration often dehumanize their subjects through abstractions, statistics, or hyperbole. How can photography serve as a tool to begin conversations about “the refugee” as a human, whose livelihood is both particular and precarious, and remains in the hands of policy makers? Join us for a presentation of work by photojournalist Jacobia Dahm followed by a conversation with Roksana Filipowska, PhD Candidate, about the ethical considerations of Jacobia’s work photographing refugees.

Drinks and light snacks will be served - Free and open to the public.

Jacobia Dahm is a German photojournalist based in Berlin whose projects are rooted in her longstanding interest in social justice and vulnerable communities. In the past she have worked on stories revolving around the effects of criminal justice on families (in the US), and since 2015 has been documenting refugees along the migrant trail, and after their arrival in Germany.

Roksana Filipowska is a PhD candidate in the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania. Her publications include “In Defiance of Propaganda: Photographic Failure as Shared Ground” in Too Good to be Photographed (Lugemik, 2017) and she has co-organized Service Sound, a database of international protest sounds, which pairs able protesters with recordings of those who can not attend marches and demonstrations. 

This event is part of a Philadelphia Area Creative Collaboratives (PACC) project called ‘Who Belongs? Exodus and Arrival.’ This collaborative group consists of Jacobia Dahm, Lead Artist; Alexandra Wolkoff, Director of Education, Puentes De Salud; Imke Brust, Assistant Professor of German, VCAM Faculty Fellow (2018-19), Haverford College; Brust’s course, ‘Visualizing the United States of Europe;’ Zainab Saleh, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Haverford College; Saleh’s course, ‘Citizenship, Migration, and Belonging;’ Griselda San Martin, Artist; and Stephanie Bursese, PACC Program Manager, Haverford College.

Cover Image Jacobia Dahm from 'In Limbo' investigates the lack of a coherent German immigration law. It documents a Kurdish Iraqi family that arrived in Berlin in 2015, and was recently deemed ineligible for asylum. The children are fully integrated in nursery and school, and by now speak better German than Kurdish. While the family is currently protected from deportation because Saman, the father, is training as an electrician, their longer-term future is uncertain.