Precarious temporalities
Gender, migration, and refugee arts
in Art and migration
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This chapter examines how participatory arts projects with refugees and asylum seekers in the United Kingdom reflect upon the everyday practices and embodied experiences associated with deportability. The first part of the chapter examines participatory arts projects with female asylum seekers, together with the ways in which their artworks critically engage with concepts of deportability and temporality. The second part discusses the Bristol Disability Murals painted by a group of disabled asylum seekers, an art project that illustrates the disabling and debilitating effects of political asylum policies on the mental health of refugees. The final part of the chapter considers the political implications of narratives of temporality in participatory arts projects with refugees and asylum seekers in terms of critical theories of citizenship and human rights. It concludes by addressing possibilities for conceptualising immigrant agency emerging from spaces of deportability and considers how asylum seekers’ reappropriations of temporality through art can facilitate refugee healing and resistance.

Art and migration

Revisioning the borders of community


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