“We are people just like you, with stories and dreams. All we want is a safe existence, for ourselves and for our families” – Fada Theatre
The power imbalance between citizens and immigrants is subject of discussion in the movie Antigone, selected by Movies that Matter Film Festival and screening Wednesday November 10th. Antigone embodies strength and resilience – themes that Marissa Splinter picks up in her photographs showing Syrian refugees, who met each other in the asylum seekers camp in Alphen a/d Rijn in 2015 after being forced to cross national borders. After one of their fellow residents committed suicide in the camp, they took the initiative to convert the stories of other refugees into a theatre piece. They founded Fada Theatre to change the image of refugees among Dutch citizens and to present productions themed around integration and trauma. Marissa wanted to portray them not just as refugees: “They are warm-hearted, talented people. As opposed to the struggle and pain they have endured, I wanted to capture the playfulness, the happiness they experience and bring forth.”
Marissa Splinter (1992) is a visual artist, focusing on photography and film. She obtained her BA in Autonomous Photography at the Willem de Kooning Academy in 2014. Marissa is fascinated by body language and investigates this phenomenon in her projects. She makes timeless images of subjects that are recognizable and accessible to everyone, whilst sharing her own thoughts with the viewer.
The exhibition will be on display from the 8th till the 16th of November.