20:20 is a new multimedia arts and heritage project from Salusbury World Refugee Centre. The project casts a long lens over the personal memories of refugee families who arrived in the UK from 1999 onwards.
20:20 is led by Salusbury World Refugee Centre, co-curated by FotoDocument and students/academics within the Design School at London College of Communication. Supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the project will tour London venues beginning with the Victoria & Albert Museum, before visiting the London College of Communication, Brent Civic Centre and the Library at Willesden Green later in 2019. Additional venues will be added for 2020.
The project collects and explores the oral histories of as many as 20 refugee families over 20 years, and creates an artistic response in the form of multimedia exhibitions and performance.
The ‘grown-up children’ who have participated in the project attended Salusbury Primary School, Brent, from 1999 onwards. Capturing personal memories of homeland and agile adaptations to exile, 20:20 will also explore resilience and celebrate transnational culture in the UK.
The project launched in June 2019 as a pop up taster exhibition within the V&A South Kensington in celebration of the national Refugee Week theme You, Me and Those Who Came Before.
The oral histories of the 10 ‘grown up’ children and 10 parents, collated to Oral History Society standards, are also source material for participatory workshops in photography, written/spoken word, and theatre-led by FotoDocument, English PEN and Scarabeus, respectively, for current beneficiaries of the charity, creating intergenerational links.
The culminating works created from these workshops will be showcased alongside professionally generated content from the participating organisations and archival photographs, significant objects, children’s drawings and other ephemera, in the suite of exhibitions and events.