Point of Displacement Festival

Date

From 16 June 2019

Schedule

12:00–21:00

Place

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
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DESCRIPTION

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art launches the festival Point of Displacement, featuring lectures, discussions, and workshops for all on the subject of migration.

Point of Displacement is a festival that coincides with the World Refugee Day and is dedicated to migration and forced migration. It takes place in the second half of June at three Moscow venues: Garage, the State Tretyakov Gallery, and Museum of Moscow.

Point of Displacement embraces institutions, meanings, and real-life stories, reflecting the essence of our city. This huge modern metropolis is actually a “point of displacement,” a place where people from different countries, cities, and towns intersect. The festival aims to consider this phenomenon and bring the discourse around it into the public domain.

The main focus will be on what migration entails: what it was yesterday, what it means today and what it will become tomorrow. A series of discussions, concerts, exhibitions, workshops, lectures, and even a gastronomic experience have been developed to help figure this out.

The festival organizers are Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, the State Tretyakov Gallery, Museum of Moscow, the educational project Neighbors’ Languages School, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the integration center Kids Are Kids.

HOW TO TAKE PART

Free admission with advance registration.

All festival events are accessible for deaf and hard of hearing visitors and will be interpreted into Russian Sign Language. There will be pedagogues trained in RSL present at the workshops.

Schedule

Lecture: “Refugees and Migrants: What’s the Difference?”

The lecture will cover the differences between the concepts of “migrant” and “refugee.” During the ongoing migrant crisis these two terms are often used as synonyms. Irina Scherbakova will explain which international and national laws and documents regulate the rights of such people and why it is important to know the difference between migrants and refugees.

About the Lecturer

Irina Scherbakova is UNHCR Legal Advisor in the Russian Federation.

REGISTRATION

Time
14:00–14:45
Place
Garage Screen summer cinema

Lecture: “Global Trends of Forced Migration”

The lecture will focus on global trends and the reasons why refugees arrive in Russia from particular countries. Olga Narymsky will reveal the proportion of Ukrainian, Afghan, and Syrian people among refugees and those with temporary asylum status currently residing in Russia, outline the types of aid and support they receive, and share the latest statistics on who is currently based on the territory of the Russian Federation.

About the Lecturer

Olga Narymsky is UNHCR Senior Protection Officer

REGISTRATION

Time
15:15–16:00
Place
Garage Screen summer cinema

Lecture: “Corporate Social Responsibility in the Sphere of Protection of Refugees and Displaced Persons”

The Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees is charged with protecting over 68 million forcibly displaced people across the world. To effectively cope with this task, the agency collaborates with a wide circle of sponsors and partners, including governmental and nongovernmental organizations, the private sector, civil society, and refugee communities. Tatyana Anisimova will describe a number of major projects conducted in the past ten years in collaboration with the companies IKEA, Starbucks, and UNIQLO, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and other partners.

About the Lecturer

Tatyana Anisimova is UNHCR Head of Programme Unit.

REGISTRATION

Time
16:30–17:15
Place
Garage Screen summer cinema

Discussion: “The Image of Migration and People in Migration”

How is a person’s perception of other people or social groups constructed and what does it depend on? Who do we define as “ours” and who is an “alien” in the contemporary city? What kind of myths surround “a person in migration,” someone who changes location in order to find a job and provide their children with education and possibilities for future development?

Participants

Alexandra Arkhipova is Senior Researcher at the Center for Theoretical Folk Studies of the School of Advanced Studies in the Humanities (RANEPA).

Anton Gumensky is a researcher in the field of media and a teacher in the journalism faculties of Moscow State University and Moscow State Institute of International Relations.

REGISTRATION

Time
18:00–19:00
Place
Garage Screen summer cinema