Coco Olakunle, Hibo and Hani from Somalia, Photo taken in Kenya 2019 / Courtesy of the artist and KLABU
Strength Away From Home
Jun 6 – Jul 8, 2024
Foam / KLABU
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Foam and KLABU proudly present the exhibition Strength Away From Home in a new edition of Galerie Mercatorplein in Amsterdam West. The exhibition reflects on the courage and resilience of the millions of refugees worldwide who are forced to leave their familiar surroundings and build a new life far from home. The groundbreaking portraits are created by photographer Coco Olakunle to change the narrative surrounding refugees and to amplify their personal voices. She captured the KLABU community in refugee camps such as Kalobeyei (Kenya) and Lesbos (Greece) through close collaboration, giving refugees control over how they are portrayed.

Join us on Saturday 22 June from 12.00 – 17.00 hrs for a festive afternoon on Mercatorplein, filled with photography workshops and sports activities with professional athletes such as Soraya Verhoeve (Ajax) and Muna Dahouk (Olympic Refugee Team). Refugees, other newcomers and local Amsterdammers are warmly invited while enjoying food, drinks, activities and music. Entrance is free and no registration is needed.

On 22 June, you can also attend a photography workshop at the OBA on Mercatorplein. Coco Olakunle will take participants through her process, in which making real contact and capturing connections are central. Afterwards, participants will have a chance to exhibit their work at the OBA on Mercatorplein. The workshop lasts 1.5 hours and there will be two sessions, at 13.30 and 15.30 hrs. Each group consists of 20 people and no registration is needed.

Strength Away From Home
Jun 6 – Jul 8, 2024
Foam / KLABU
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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