Stories of Refuge



Immersive video installation, 2013

Stories of Refuge tells the story of three Syrian refugees who fled the war in Syria and attempted to seek refuge in Munich, Germany. Each one of them was given a camera and asked to film a day in their life in the refugee camp. Since the beginning of the Syrian revolution in 2011, Syrian refugees have been fleeing the brutality of the regime in Syria and searching for new destinations, Munich being one of them. Many of these asylum seekers arrive to Munich by land, crossing unofficial borders, through different European countries.

Tania El Khoury and Petra Serhal from Dictaphone Group collaborated with a group of Syrian refugees who recently arrived in Munich. They gave each of these participants/collaborators a discreet camera for a day, their only instructions being to film their daily lives in Munich and their favourite spots in the city. Together they produced three videos that were presented in a shipping container placed on a busy road in Munich.

This version of the installation is kindly supported by The Co-operative Funeralcare Nottingham who will donate the beds to a charity based in Nottingham after the exhibition.