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Towards the Unknown: Refugee Journeys Through Syria, Greece and Germany

Towards the Unknown: Refugee Journeys Through Syria, Greece and Germany

The Photography of Tanya Bindra and Ali Mustafa


The Ali Mustafa Memorial Collective is pleased to announce an exhibition featuring the work of photojournalist Tanya Bindra, the first recipient of the annual Ali Mustafa Memorial Award for People’s Journalism.

Since accepting the award in March 2016, Tanya has been documenting the lives of refugees and asylum seekers in Germany, Italy and Greece. Towards the Unknown examines the processes of identity formation and belonging among refugees and asylum-seekers, and captures the ambiguities and contradictions of their varied experiences. A full artist statement is available on the collective’s website. The exhibition will also present a selection of Ali Mustafa’s work focusing on Syrian refugees.

Please join us for the opening night on Friday March 31st from 7-10 PM at the second floor gallery of the Gladstone Hotel. The photos will continue to be on display over the weekend on Saturday the 1st and Sunday the 2nd from 12-5 PM.

Tanya Bindra is a Swiss-Canadian photojournalist and filmmaker. She has spent the past four years reporting on postcolonial politics and communities across West Africa and South Asia and is now based between New York City and Berlin.

She has contributed to outlets such as the New York Times, Newsweek, Le Monde, VICE, Time Magazine, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. She has filed regularly to the Associated Press and European Pressphoto Agency and has also partnered on humanitarian advocacy campaigns with UNICEF, Médecins Sans Frontières and others.

The Ali Mustafa Memorial Collective was founded in 2014 following the death of freelance photojournalist Ali Mustafa in Aleppo, Syria by a regime barrel bomb along with seven other civilians. We are a volunteer-run organization seeking to honour and preserve the work of Ali. Through our annual Ali Mustafa Memorial Award for People’s Journalism, we also provide funding to freelance photojournalists whose work documents struggles for social justice.