Journeys Festival International: Look Up
Journeys Festival International, in collaboration with Aspex, introduces new work from Portsmouth based artists, Natalia Michalska and Majid Dhana.
Over the past two months, Dhana and Michalska have worked with members of the Portsmouth refugee community to formulate a series of creative portraits, installed across the city’s skyline for the duration of the festival.
These vibrant portraits depict refugees and asylum seekers, incorporating their favourite Portsmouth landmarks, as well as original poetry created with participants of collaborative workshops. The works were created whilst the artists undertook a residency at Aspex (click here to read more).
Part of Journeys Festival International, Look Up is an outdoor exhibition installed on the exterior of prominent buildings around the city. Look Up provides a unique opportunity for artists engaging with refugee and asylum seeker themes to have their work shown in one of the most visible strands of Journeys Festival International.
You can find this exhibition in our Learning Space.
Journeys Festival International, Portsmouth takes place from 19 - 29 October 2017.
About the artists
Zimbabwean artist and poet Majid Dhana has worked with the British Red Cross in Portsmouth for nearly four years, supporting and building relationships with the refugee and asylum seeker community. Dhana enables their stories to be heard through spoken word poetry. Working with support groups like the Young Refugee Project, Dhana has developed an artistic practice that puts the struggles and strengths of these communities at its core.
Originally from Poland, Natalia Michalska worked to develop her artistic practice in Munich, before settling in Portsmouth in 2014. Since then Michalska has worked with many of the area’s most vibrant cultural institutions including Aspex, University of Portsmouth, and Live Art Local. Her practice focuses on storytelling and human relationships on a global level.
Discover the artworks across Portsmouth
Take a wander around Southsea's streets and keep your eyes peeled for a Look Up artwork - the first person to Tweet or Instagram @JourneysFest with an image of the artwork will win two tickets to #JeSuis at New Theatre Royal on Sat 21 Oct.
Map of Locations:
1. Portsmouth Festivities 10 High Street, Portsmouth PO1 2LN
2. University of Portsmouth Rees Hall, Southsea Terrace, Portsmouth, Southsea Po5 3AP
3. Big Screen Portsmouth Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2AL
4. Portsmouth and Southsea Railway Station Commerical Rd, Hampshire, Portsmouth, PO1 1EQ
5. Secret Southsea Location - Look Up and WIN! (See below)
6. British Red Cross Building 338Commercial Road, PO1 4BT