MIGRANTS: A Journey, collaborative and participatory photography exhibition will showcase the photography of eight different collaborations with migrant communities in the UK and outside the UK. These projects are 1. International Photography Exhibition; 2. Volunteers and Residents at Ritsona Refugee Camp, Greece. 3 Colombian citizens in London. 4 Sirian citizens in London. 5 EU citizens in the UK. 6. Palestinian Refugee Children in Palestine. 7 Windrush Generation. 8. Photo- Postcards: Ideas without borders.
As you all know this project is Zia's most personal curatorial project; it is five years old already!
For the last 15 years, Zia has been working as an independent curator. She is very happy as London Gallery West was the first time where she experienced a professional work environment in a gallery, while she did an internship back in 2005. So this venue has a very special place in her heart.
Zia's journey in this project started back in 2015 when she was applying to become a British citizen since she wanted to vote for the EU Referendum. But it goes farther than that; Zia has been a migrant worker since she was 17 years old; living and working in; Mexico, Ireland, UK, Greece, and Spain. This project has taken her to Greece and Palestine, it will also take her to Ukraine and Colombia.