On this page you find my previous photographic encounters regarding human rights, inclusion, diversity, migration and mobility.
For the third decade in a row, hundreds of undocumented workers in Belgium have engaged in sustained peaceful protest by occupying public spaces. The photo series that Luka Van Royen presents shows the daily struggle of the political activists of the L'union de sans papiers pour la regularization (USPR) for the right to exist and stay. From cheerful demonstrators to hunger strikers with their mouths sewn shut. Everything for the protection of their basic rights and human dignity.
JAMMIN, or Joint Artistic Methodologies for Migrants’ INclusion and INtegration aims to bring youth from different backgrounds together to create sensibilizing art together and raise awareness about human rights. The partipicants created a theatre play consisting of a mix of seven languages and performed this for high school students in Galicia, Spain. Then the group went to Brussels to perform an adjusted version to the political activists of the USPR in the Beguinage church and perform in Ghent during World Refugee Day. Lastly, they performed in Italy and reflected there on the journey of hope for social inclusion.
DURING THE NIGHT
This is an ongoing project about my personal encounters with newcomers in Belgium during the night. It's time to talk about the mental health of newcomers who endure a forced intercultural life change, often without guidance and support network.