Detention: Participatory Arts and Photography in Nana Varveropoulou’s No-Man’s Land


In association with Autograph ABP
19 June: 3 – 6pm
The Ditch, Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street, London EC1V 9LT

A Learning Lab based on the collaborative methodologies, processes and outcomes of Nana Varveropoulou’s photography project, No Man’s Land, located in Coinbrook Immigration Removal Centre, UK. No Man’s Land was produced through sustained collaboration with a group of men who participated in a programme of photo workshops. The workshops were developed through ongoing dialogue between Varveropoulou and the detainees, based around themes surrounding the emotional experience and impact of indefinite detention.

Learning Lab explored and reflected on the site-specific/collaborative methodologies implemented by Varveropoulou, in addition to the aesthetics and ethics underpinning the work, with a view to understanding wider social impact and plans for exhibition and publication – for whom and to what end?

Respondents: Dr Roberta McGrath, Reader in Photography, Napier University, Edinburgh; Andrej Mahecic, Senior Communications Officer – UNHCR

Image: Nana Varveropoulou

Learning Labs form part of the Out of Place Action-Research Platform (a project led by Counterpoints Arts’ Learning Lab, in partnership with Royal Holloway, University of London and FilmAid).