Photo exhibition from Exeter to Maketank highlighting refugee crises

A photographic exhibition highlighting refugee crises over the past 90 years is on display in Exeter to commemorate Refugee Week.

Maketank, in Paris Street, has partnered with Amnesty International Exeter to host an extended version of I Welcome, a photo exhibition from Amnesty and Magnum Photos. It is open until July 2.

The exhibit includes images of refugee crises around the world since 1937, including Vietnam, Chechnya, Bosnia, Iraq, Syria and Ukraine.

Maketank curated a section of the exhibition covering the current refugee crisis in Ukraine after the Russian invasion, photographed by Constantin and Vlada Liberova.

The exhibit is part of Amnesty’s I Welcome campaign, which calls on the UK to share responsibility for responding to the refugee crisis, including providing refugees with safe and legal pathways to find refuge here.

The campaign also highlights the many acts of welcome and solidarity towards refugees from local communities across the country.

Maketank opened in Exeter in 2019 and has provided space for artists in crisis and events for people to celebrate their cultural heritage.

He supported the Yalla Theater in its work to help Syrian and other refugee children and women to do theater together.

Maketank is currently providing a studio for five Ukrainian artists and designers, and is working to provide more space for refugees.

He partnered with the Ukrainian Association of Devon to create the Conversation Café as a welcome center for Ukrainians and a place to learn more about Ukraine.

The exhibition at Maketank, 5 rue de Paris, is now open, and takes place from Tuesday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., until Saturday July 2.

Michael E. Marquez