Through this Lens: Refugee Students Creating Ownership and Identity Through Photography

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Title Through this Lens: Refugee Students Creating Ownership and Identity Through Photography
Creator Melinda J Nevarez
Subject Refugee youth; photography; arts and community; thirdspace; comedy; MACL
Description The current global political climate has given rise to a refugee crisis that continues to grow in; scope and in effects. Modernization and the capitalistic globalism of economy and industry have created power structures rooted in western hegemony. These root causes have led to political instability and ethnic tensions, resulting in forced migration. Utah takes in many refugees, and local organizations that work with refugee youth have worked to implement initiatives to create connections between refugee students and their communities. This research explored the experience of resettled refugee students in a photography class and the intersections between community, art, and empowerment. This study offers recommendations for empowering students through creative mediums, and speaks to the importance of allowing refugee students to explore identities that are not tied to the label of "refugee." The study found that refugee students are not interested in creating art to explore or heal trauma, or share stories of their past. The students preferred to use the space where they created photography as a means of exploring: exploring community, exploring artistic identities, and exploring possibilities. Comedy and creation intersected, as the students explored identity and used laughter to find inclusion and make sense of new places, spaces, and social contexts.
Publisher Westminster College
Date 2017-11
Type Text; Image
Language eng
Rights Management Digital copyright 2017, Westminster College. All rights Reserved.
ARK ark:/87278/s6ps1t0z
Setname wc_ir
Date Created 2017-12-09
Date Modified 2017-12-09
ID 1286560
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6ps1t0z
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