After four months on display at the Immigration Museum, the exhibition “Who Tells This Story: Refugee Journalists or Refugees Journalists?” arrives at the Memorial da América Latina, in Barra Funda, in São Paulo.
The exhibition, which opens this Thursday (10), at noon, is the result of a partnership between the leaf with UNHCR (UN High Commission for Refugees) and the Memorial. With free entry, it is on display until August 31st.
Part of the celebration of the newspaper’s centenary and the 70th anniversary of the UNHCR, the exhibition originates from a series of articles published by leaf in October 2020. The project was coordinated by Flávia Mantovani, reporter for Mundo and author of the blog Babel Paulistana.
The stories of Carlos (Venezuela), Claudine (Democratic Republic of Congo), Kamil (Turkey) and Victorios (Syria) guide the exhibition. Under strong threat, often at risk of death, these four journalists took refuge in Brazil.
In these four cases, the violence that hit reporters went far beyond offenses on social media. Prison, torture, aggression and physical threats became concrete dangers from which they had to flee.
“These are stories that show where we, in Brazil, don’t want to go. They reveal how serious the authoritarianism of a government that wants to control or silence the press can be”, says Mantovani.
The exhibition gathers relevant data on refugees, but it is not restricted to the coldness of the statistics. Through reports and images made by Bruno Santos, photographer at leaf, the exhibition reveals the dramas of forced migration.
Consisting of photos, video, text and graphics, the exhibition is curated by Miguel Pachioni, UNHCR communication advisor, Lia Gomes and Vanessa Poitena — the latter also responsible for the exhibition.
The texts about refugees are written by journalists from leaf. In addition to Mantovani, the profiles are signed by Beatriz Peres, Fábio Zanini, Naief Haddad and Patrícia Campos Mello.
The exhibition at the Gabo space, one of the Memorial’s halls, follows the safety protocols against the dissemination of Covid-19, considering the due distance between visitors. Capacity is limited to 15 people every 30 minutes.
On June 15, at 6 pm, a workshop on journalistic coverage of refugees will take place as part of the exhibition’s program.
Specially aimed at corporate communication journalists and communication students, the workshop will have the participation of Mantovani (leaf), Pachioni (UNHCR) and Claudia Cursino, a Portuguese language teacher for refugees and a scholarship from the foundation of the Memorial.
It will be an online meeting, with free registration.