UCL Institute for Global Prosperity


RELIEF Centre presents "Imagine: Voices from Lebanon"

20 June 2020

To mark Refugee Week and World Refugee Day, the Institute for Global Prosperity's RELIEF Centre has launched a virtual exhibition exploring the theme of "imagination" in the face of displacement and dispossession.

RELIEF Centre present Imagine: Voices from Lebanon

In the era of Covid-19, the call to imagine feels more crucial than ever.

'To imagine' means to picture something you can't currently see. To step beyond the current moment and perceive something different. Rather than being a flight away from reality, imagination is sometimes the best response to it – the only way to get us somewhere new."

Yet, how is imagination different when you are a refugee? How is it different when you are a refugee living through both displacement and a pandemic? These are the kinds of inquiries we set out to explore with our refugee partners in the field.

More specifically, we asked a few community members from Burj el Barajneh camp in Beirut Lebanon and Bar Elias in the Zahlé District to reflect on the following questions:

What does imagination mean to you? Do you imagine? AND

What is your personal imagination of the future? What is (a collective) community imagination for you? What is the collective human (global) imagination for you?

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