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TRACE

Synopsis

A documentary by
Raluca Bejan & Ioan Cocan

Public accounts on the 2015 European refugee crisis covered the issue through an individualizing gaze placed on the refugee subject. The refugee in suffering, an experience witnessed by us all, as a spectacle, from the distance: Images of crowded tents, boats carrying overflowing numbers of people, children dying on Mediterranean shores. Trace turns the gaze outwards, scrutinizing the “space” of the crisis in which people seek refuge.

On the one hand, there is the everyday of the “space.” The ordinary Greek island life (Lesvos) with not much to do in the early hours of the day, with people anchoring their fishing boats, some going for a swim, some strolling for a walk.
On the other hand, the presence of the refugees is no longer a sine qua non presence. The space of the island changed from hosting refugees’ presence to hosting their absence.

Trace figuratively marks the absence of the refugee crisis by symbolically creating a visual topography of the refugee crisis, seen through the space containing the crisis and juxtaposed to narrative accounts of people involved in the crisis.

Trace is an independent documentary project. It was filmed in 2017, in the Greek islands of Lesvos, Samos and Chios; in Athens, Greece; Oxford, United Kingdom and Toronto, Canada.

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITIONS & PANEL DISCUSSION

TRACE: Tracing the Space of the Refugee Crisis

UNB Art Centre
January 17 - February 14, 2020 
Opening at 5 P.M. 
Memorial Hall / 9 Bailey Dr, Fredericton, NB, CANADA

UNB ART CENTRE
PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT

TRACE: Tracing the Space of the Refugee Crisis

Beaverbrook Art Gallery
January 14 - February 7, 2020
703 Queen St, Fredericton, NB, CANADA

BEAVERBROOK ART GALLERY
PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT

PRESENTATIONS BY:
Antoine Cassar
Olga Lafazani
Audrey Macklin
Anwar Nilufary
Behzad Khosravi Noori

UNB Art Centre
February 5, 2020 at 7P.M.   
Memorial Hall / 9 Bailey Dr, Fredericton, NB, CANADA

UNB ART CENTRE
PANEL DISCUSSION

GALLERY

MEDIA COVERAGE

RABBLE.CA

"Trace-outlines the plight of refugees, rescuers and NGOs"

St. Thomas University, Fredericton, Canada

"Social work professor Raluca Bejan’s award-winning documentary looks at European refugee crisis"

SCREENINGS

CARFMS, York University, Toronto, Canada

"Special Sessions at the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies"

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