Refugee and migrant children create mural to promote unity, peace and friendship in Greece

Refugee and migrant children create mural to promote unity, peace and friendship in Greece


The idea of the wall we were
wondering you know we wanted to do something about identity something about
each one but everyone also but at the end we came out with the idea of these
kids crossing the wall just going over the waters together and this maybe can
be you know something they learn here also to grow together to
support each other and to go over the difficulty
and that’s the symbol of the wall. So the idea was to let them free
to interact on the wall expressing themselves without really
thinking what to do. So what came out is name but also love
and story of friendship, so the idea of to fill the t-shirt of the kids are painted
with their own mark and sign like if these kids are carrying the voice of all
the kids present here. You can’t really teach art. You can show the people that there is
a way to express yourself and that painting could be an instrument and a tool for
that but what they’re gonna do with this tool is up to them you know. I’d previously done work with the
refugees or art targeted towards this so I wanted to use art as an entice once
again to raise awareness for a good cause and it was the first time I’m
doing something locally and doing something at a refugee camp so there’s
something I really wanted to do. There were many themes explored
initially about something that would have a positive impact on these children
at the moment that they do it but also the space that can be used in the
future so the wall wasn’t gonna be something like a tattoo
or something that you just stare at something that could
be used later on so themes were explored such as fantasy past or future but I
think that the main theme of the unity and togetherness and
proving identity to other people is something much stronger so the idea was
unifying a lot of kids together making them face a barrier they face
with the society that they’re putting out of context and in turn show that
they have identity by then showing how rich their culture is
through what they’re wearing. So we thought that was a more
positive theme and a theme that could be used as more than just
something to look at because there’s a basketball hoop there, we brought balls and
this place can be turned into space where they can have fun and look at the
message and be reminded of it. It came out much better than I expected there
was a huge child participation, many people participated and many people
reacted well to it many people have fun and because we have all the balls and
the hoop and everything which I expect kids have fun for more weeks to come
because it’s a space that’s more usable now and especially now that the things
were removed and everything’s better.

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