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A Rightful Place

Tue, Sep 1, 2020 to Wed, Sep 23, 2020 @ Biggar Museum and Gallery

Community: Biggar & District Arts Council

Education Packages: ARightfulPlaceEdGuide.pdf
Sirjana Subedi from Nepal. Photographed by Michael Bell.

Together with Common Weal Community Arts, OSAC is proud to offer A Rightful Place to tour throughout Saskatchewan. Toured through OSAC’s Arts on the Move program.

Migration is at the heart of the human experience. We know that throughout history, people have undertaken significant migrations that have shaped the world we now live in: journeys made in hope and exploration, as well as journeys made by force or desperation. Today, around the world, migration continues in its myriad forms, but the resistance many immigrants encounter on arrival in a new place continues as well. This negativity, aggravated by such things as a potentially depressed economy or a fear of terrorism, can sometimes make migrants scapegoats. The benefits of the acceptance of newcomers and their cultural contribution and perspectives to our society is often lost.

A Rightful Place was created as an effort to stimulate connection with and acceptance of newcomers amongst local communities. While tensions between locals and immigrants may arise for a variety of reasons, too often it is simply a lack of understanding and familiarity which gives rise to problematic stereotypes and misunderstanding between groups.

The A Rightful Place Project was a two-year multidisciplinary art and social justice project, in which the lives and migration experiences faced by newcomers were documented through portraits and personal narratives of the newcomers. Due to the current high level of fear and distrust of immigrants that is being promoted by some in our society, it is our belief that sharing these personal images and stories as widely as possible is vital to the Saskatchewan community at large.
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