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Reimagining the Image: Walé Oyéjidé

Join the International Center of Photography and the Open Society Foundations for a special evening with designer and art director Walé Oyéjidé. Oyéjidé will share excerpts from his project After Migration, currently on view at the Open Society Foundations–New York as part of the exhibition Moving Walls 25/Another Way Home.

Since 2000, more than 46,000 refugees and other migrants have died on the dangerous journey crossing the Mediterranean Sea to pursue more secure lives in Europe and beyond. Some flee their homes to escape persecution, others due to extreme economic hardship. Some are welcomed upon arrival, while many face discrimination and intolerance. We are all too familiar with stereotypical images that depict this journey: tragedies and rescue operations at sea; asylum seekers in line at check points; and families living in refugee camps.

After Migration attempts to depict these newcomers differently. Using fashion photography and featuring models who are themselves migrants, the project aims to elevate and humanize their stories through the use of visual culture and to subvert mainstream media representations. These portraits reaffirm self-worth and pride among those who have experienced suffering, but choose not to be defined by it.

Rather than be photographed in settings intended to solicit pity, these men and women are portrayed as regal and stately, resisting representations that limit them to the circumstances of their migration. Oyéjidé will highlight these experiences through an intimate dialogue with the audience as he explains his process for this project.


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    Walé Oyéjidé


    Walé Oyéjidé is a designer, writer, musician, and lawyer who aims to combat bias with creative storytelling. 

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