Autograph have teamed up with youth media organisation Mouth That Roars on Sense of Belonging, the second iteration of our #HackneyIsHome project, providing workshops, training and creative opportunities for young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds.
Working with artists and filmmakers for inspiration, participants started important conversations in the neighbourhood and learned new ways to share stories that raise awareness and reflect on issues of identity and belonging in our local borough of Hackney.
The work produced by the group will be featured online, on social media and a digital billboard at one of East London's busiest intersections. We are also inviting the public to join in, with a call for photographs on the theme ‘My Hackney Selfie’.
Over 10 workshop sessions, participants were provided with an introduction to practical photography and filmmaking skills and developed their understanding of visual literacy and storytelling. The group put their new camera skills to use, and went out into the streets of Shoreditch using portraiture, props and their surrounding environment to capture an aspect of their identity and what it feels like to belong.
Artworks created by the Sense of Belonging artists were broadcast six metres high on the Old Street Digital Canvas at Old Street roundabout, one of East London's busiest traffic hubs. See the works on display from 31 January to 28 February 2022.
Autograph is inviting the public to join in with the project, to help show the many perspectives and experiences of home, identity and community life in our diverse borough. We will select our favourite images to be displayed on our website and social media. Keep an eye on our blog, social media and newsletter for announcements.
Through conversations with one another and members of the local community, participants created documentary interviews considering the meanings of home, family and belonging within Hackney. Watch the interviews below and hear from Turgut, a local Hackney businessman who runs a Turkish restaurant on Hoxton Street.
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