Welcome to our Jungle

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What is Welcome to our jungle?


Welcome to Our Jungle' is a participatory photography project that was based in the refugee camp known as the 'Jungle' in Calais, giving a much needed platform for the voices of those directly affected by the crisis. 

We worked with a group of men, women and children in the camp from November 2015 until it's demolition in November 2016, to bring you their unique perspective and insight into the crisis, of which they are at the centre, in an attempt to provide a counter narrative to the predominantly negative and unbalanced rhetoric, broadcast in the mainstream media.

What is 'Participatory Photography'?

Participatory photography involves empowering traditionally marginalised people, by giving them the skills to tell their own stories, through the medium of photography.

Voice. Empowerment. Self-representation.                                     
These may just be three small words, but the power they carry is not.  We take these things for granted in our lives, but for those at the heart of this crisis, they are just another example of what has been taken away from them, so it's time for them to take their power back and share their voices with the world.    
 

The creativity and resilience of the participants of this project, perfectly represent the inextinguishable light of the human spirit. 
We hope you enjoy 'their' stories.


Work from the project is also featured in the 'Us and Them Project', a digital platform which aims to bring to life the stories of refugees and migrants who have had to flee their home countries due to political unrest, war and persecution. 

All the images and captions are created by the project participants, who retain joint copyright, along with the facilitators: Miguel Amortegui, Becky Matthews and Clare Struthers . 

PLEASE CLICK ON THE PHOTOS TO SEE THE WORK OF OUR PARTICIPANTS

MOHAMMED, 27, ERITREA

MOHAMMED, 27, ERITREA

HABIBI, 24, AFGHANISTAN

HABIBI, 24, AFGHANISTAN

SULTANA, 11, AFGHANISTAN

SULTANA, 11, AFGHANISTAN

SITARA, 9, AFGHANISTAN

SITARA, 9, AFGHANISTAN

A.K.A DREAM, 27, SUDAN

A.K.A DREAM, 27, SUDAN

Other participants

Other participants

Exhibitions
November 2015: 'The Jungle - Calais, France'

February 2016: 'Funk the Borders - Art4WarKids fundraiser - London'

May 2016: 'Calais Action: 'Refugees Welcome' Fundraiser - Southwark Playhouse'

2-22 June 2016: 'Call me by my name: Stories from Calais - The Migration Museum'

8-9 July 2016: 'Amnesty International Refugee Summit - London'

30 July 2016: 'Peace of Pie Festival - Hereford'

1-30 October 2016: 'Brighton Photo Fringe - Brighton'

27 January - 20 February 2017: Holocaust Memorial Day - Lewes, East Sussex

9 February 2017: 'LUSH Summit - London'

27 September 2017: 'Displacement  - The Human Experience - Plymouth University'
 

Talks
12 March 2016: 'The politics of screening images of refugees and migration - The Birbeck Institute, London

9 August 2016: 'Documenting the refugee crisis - Photo Forum London'

 

Press
November 2015: 'The Metro'

November 2015: 'The Mirror'

June 2016: 'Huck Magazine

'Welcome to Our Jungle' is run by Participatory Photography Facilitators: Clare Struthers, Miguel Amortegui and Becky Matthews, in association with Calais Action.

If you would like to talk to us about our project or would like to offer our participants any exhibition or publication opportunities, please feel free to contact us anytime, using the icons below.

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Any unauthorised reproduction or duplication of work will constitute an infringement of copyright.