Navigating Multiple Worlds

Works by immigrant youth

Official launch and presentation
by the research team at 7:00 PM
Opening: Friday, June 1st, 5:30 PM
Gallery Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5 PM

Have you ever imagined what it would be like to be an immigrant? Imagine you come from a different planet. Your planet is busy and bustling with people. It is loud and buzzing with energy.You don't notice the little details around you like street signs or what's for sale at the grocery store; none of it is uncharted territory. The hum of a stranger's conversation doesn't distract, as you have heard this sound before. It is all familiar. Then, one day, you find out that you are moving to a new planet and suddenly, you find yourself in a completely new environment and a new role: you are a newcomer to Victoria, a city that is entirely foreign to you, as you are to it. What would you think?


Starting in September of 2011, a participatory research project, carried out in partnership with the Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society (VIRCS), has been working with a group of youth researchers to explore the relationship between stress, resilience and expressions of subjectivity among immigrant youth . Through interviews, focus groups and a photovoice project, the work of the research team (made up of immigrant youth and a research facilitator) has focused on the diverse challenges that face immigrant youth, youth perspectives on 'stress' and what they think could be done, to enhance resilience and support for immigrant youth in Victoria. Drawing from the common themes discerned by the youth researchers from the interviews and focus groups, the group selected 9 topics to be further explored through a photovoice project. Presenting self portraits, images of "belonging", "challenges" "support", and "stress" among other themes, the "Navigating Multiple Worlds" Exhibit will create a space for critical reflection on the experiences of immigrant youth in Victoria, providing the research team with the opportunity to share their perspectives with the wider community.


Our NEXT Gallery Exhibition
(Opens June 8th, 2012, 7:00 PM)

Elyse Portal’s “Urbeing”

Opening: Friday, June 8th, 7:00 PM
Exhibition runs to Sunday, June 24th, 2012.
Gallery Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 12 to 4 PM


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