In 2015, a world refugee crisis forced more than 60 million people out of their homes, and into foreign nations. Displaced, a multi-faceted project, captures stories from eight of the countries (Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Burundi, Libya, Eritrea) affected during this time.
Utilizing a nine screen video structure where each zone depicts one of the geographical locations, the video puts forth a collective story. Throughout the video, I deconstruct our understanding of a singular perspective, opening up a space of re-negotiation between boundaries as moments of agreement synchronize momentarily, only to dissolve back again. Activating the grid structure as a storytelling device, the video re-negotiates the boundaries of each zone, simultaneously clarifying and blurring them. Although it is a video, this work utilizes the book structure, making its time based qualities explicit, and in fact, time is its primary tool of narration. The nine books, and their synchronized page flips, dictate the viewer’s experience, and work together as well as individually to tell the stories of these refugees. Alongside the video, viewers are welcome to peruse the individual stories within the books to access a more detailed account of the lives of the refugees.
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