BEYOND BORDERS

MAPgroup’s Beyond Borders project documents the unique experiences of asylum seekers and refugees seeking a safer life under exceptionally challenging circumstances. Coming from a range of countries including Burma, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Jordan, Colombia, Iran and Somalia, Sri Lanka, South Sudan, Palestine, Dagestan, Somalia, Congo, Uganda, Thailand and Syria, Beyond Borders highlights the participants’ multifaceted stories. 

Beyond Borders 2017

We are excited to announce that the second installment of Beyond Borders will be exhibited during August and September 2017. Please visit the news page for more information: https://www.mapgroup.org.au/news/


history

Beyond Borders was first screened as a multimedia production at Federation Square in 2014 to coincide with World Refugee Week. In 2015, Beyond Borders was screened as a feature event at Sydney’s Head On Photo Festival and at Dandenong to mark World Refugee Day. MAPgroup also presented a large paste up of photographs from the project at Footscray Community Arts Centre.

In 2015, Beyond Borders was presented as a photographic exhibition at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale, showing at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E). The exhibition was viewed by over 2,700 people and received national media coverage including being profiled in The Age, ABC and Sydney Morning Herald.

If you are interested in hosting a future exhibition of Beyond Borders, please visit: http://netsaustralia.org.au/register/beyond-borders/


Photos

NEWS


ABC news

Beyond Borders: Ballarat exhibition giving voice to refugees through photography and film

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-21/beyond-borders-giving-voice-to-refugees-through-photography/6712124


The Age

Beyond Borders: Photographers collaborate with refugees in united form

http://www.theage.com.au/national/clique/beyond-borders-photographers-collaborate-with-refugees-in-united-form-20150820-gj3upx.html

(The same story was also published in the Sydney Morning Herald, the Brisbane Times and Queensland Country Life).

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The Guardian - Video

Nicole Marie’s piece was featured on the Guardians website this week – http://www.theguardian.com/society/video/2014/jun/20/beyond-borders-welcome-australia-video



Ballarat International Photo Bienalle Opening

We invite you to join us for the opening of our exhibition, Beyond Borders, on Saturday 22 August, 3-5pm, at Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, Ballarat. Everyone is welcome to attend the opening. Please note, entry to Beyond Borders is free, but an entry fee applies to the rest of the museum.

The exhibition will run until 20 September and is open 10am – 5pm daily. If you can’t make it to Ballarat, you can view the videos from the exhibition and find out more about the project on our Beyond Borders website: http://beyondborders.mapgroup.org.au

At the heart of Beyond Borders is a simple idea – that sharing personal stories allows us to transcend the divisions – or the borders – between us. We hope you will share in these stories.

Thank you to Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka and Ballarat International Foto Biennale for their support.

On Saturday 22 August, our exhibition “Beyond Borders” officially opened at Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, as part of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale. There was a good turnout and it was great to hear participants and refugee advocates Mohammad Ali Baqiri and Rohullah Hossaini speak. Thank you to our participants for so generously sharing their stories, Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka and Ballarat International Foto Biennale for this fantastic opportunity and to everyone who came along to the opening.
“Beyond Borders” is open daily, 10am-5pm, until 20 September and admission is free: http://made.org


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Dandenong

 World Refugee Day Screening

On Saturday 20 June, the Beyond Borders multimedia production was screened at Dandenong, to mark World Refugee Day. Thank you to Cr. Matthew Kirwan and refugee advocate Mohammad Ali Baqiri who spoke and City of Greater Dandenong for their support.

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On Saturday 20 June, the Beyond Borders multimedia production was screened at Dandenong, to mark World Refugee Day. Thank you to Cr. Matthew Kirwan and refugee advocate Mohammad Ali Baqiri who spoke and City of Greater Dandenong for their support.

Refugee advocate Mohammad Ali Baqiri opening the screening.

MAPgroup photographers with Urban Screens Coordinator Thomas.


Paste-up at FCAC

For the first time, MAPgroup has made a paste-up.

It showcases photos from our “Beyond Borders” project by Tobias Titz and is at Footscray Community Arts Centre until 28 June. Why not stop by to check it out and while you’re at it, grab a cuppa in the cafe and check out the exhibitions?

Thanks to FCAC for all their help.

http://footscrayarts.com/event/beyond_borders/

Photos of paste-up at Footscray Community Arts Centre, for MAPgroup’s “Beyond Borders” project. Paste up photographs by Tobias Titz. Photography by Krystal Seigerman, 2015.


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The Big Issue Feature

MAPgroup’s Beyond Borders project is featured in the current edition of The Big Issue magazine. An excerpt from the article:
“Good afternoon, Isaac. How are you?”
“I’m great, yourself?”
The voice at the other end of the phone is young, assured and undeniably Australian. And, I have to admit it, I’m a little surprised. Isaac Mach, the young man who features on our cover, only reached these shores in 2011 – arriving with his mum, two brothers and a sister from the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya – having fled South Sudan. The 17-year-old Year 12 student, whose favourite subject is Health and Physical Education, now plays Division Two AFL for the University Cougars in his adoptive hometown of Toowoomba. Last year he also played in the AFL Queensland All Nations Multicultural Team….”

Read the rest in the latest edition, available from vendors or online http://www.thebigissue.org.au.

Congratulations to Juanita Wilson, who took the cover portrait – http://www.thebigissue.org.au/magazines/2015/05/14/safer-shores/.


Head On Festival Launch

MAPgroup is excited to announce the first of several events for 2015. The Beyond Borders multimedia production has been selected as a featured event at the Head On Photo Festival and will screen daily from 2-10 May at the festival hub in Sydney Lower Town Hall.” – https://www.headon.com.au/exhibitions/beyond-borders-screening