MIGRATE

 

In 2017, Cyrus co-founded MIGRATE, a book and exhibition presenting new photography exploring global migration by eight international photographers: Alice Aedy • Cyrus Mahboubian • Ellie Kealey • Jack Harries • Tom Skipp • Rhiannon Adam • Vassilis Mathioudakis • Wolf James.

Recognising that in London one is largely detached from the ongoing refugee crisis, despite its staggering scale, MIGRATE was conceived in the hope of raising awareness among fellow Londoners. The only rule was that the participating photographers had to use instant analogue film, which was donated by film manufacturers the Impossible Project [now rebranded Polaroid Originals]. Unlike digital images, instant photos are physical and develop in the moment, which makes the photographer’s interaction with the subject more personal, while their small scale requires viewers to stand close and engage with the content.

An exhibition took place at Omeara in London Bridge from 29 August to 2 September 2017, complemented by a panel discussion 'What's the point of photography and film in the refugee crisis?' on 31 August.

In 2018, MIGRATE toured to the University of Oxford, with an exhibition of selected photographs at St Cross College from 15 to 25 February. The exhibition was complemented by a screening of BBC documentary 'Welcome to Germany' and Q&A with director Catrin Nye on 16 February.

From 18 to 23 June, the exhibition toured to the Lightbox Gallery, LCB Depot in Leicester as part of the official programme of Journeys Festival International 2018 produced by ArtReach. Cyrus participated in an artist talk at the gallery on 19 June.

The book is available online with all proceeds benefitting Unicef's Children of Syria Emergency Appeal.

MIGRATE has received extensive press coverage:

 

The MIGRATE book

The MIGRATE exhibition

The MIGRATE exhibition – image by Miriam Abdulla

Coverage by BBC News

Coverage by The Guardian

Coverage by The Guardian

The MIGRATE book

The MIGRATE book

Radio interview by Monocle 24

Image from Cyrus's series for MIGRATE, 'Public Foot Path'

Image from Cyrus's series for MIGRATE, 'Public Foot Path'

Panel discussion 'What's the point of photography and film in the refugee crisis?' on 31 August 2017

Coverage by Huck

The MIGRATE book

Coverage by Global Citizen

A view of the MIGRATE exhibition at the LCB Depot, Leicester

A view of the MIGRATE exhibition at St Cross College, University of Oxford

A view of the MIGRATE exhibition at St Cross College, University of Oxford

Screening and Q&A with BBC reporter Catrin Nye at St Cross College, University of Oxford on 16 February 2018