ROHINGYA: Refugee Crisis in Colour
A photography exhibition by Ali MC
Exhibition dates: Wednesday 5 April - Fri 26 May 2017
Location: 128 Moor Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne
Opening event: Saturday April 8 from 2pm
Presentation and Q&A : Sunday May 7 from 2pm
Photography workshop: Sunday May 14 from 2pm
A photo book is also now available. Contact Ali MC for a copy. All proceeds are going towards Rohingya refugee relief.
The ongoing genocide of Rohingya people in Western Myanmar (formerly Burma) remains almost ignored by world media. Displaced from their homes, attacked by the military, interned in refugee camps and driven across the border into neighbouring Bangladesh, the Rohingya have become known as one of the world's most persecuted people.
In 2016, Ali MC visited Rohingya refugee and internally displaced peoples’ camps in both Myanmar and Bangladesh. His aim was to photograph Rohingya people, document their living conditions and better understand the events that forced them into this situation.
Unlike the photojournalism of poverty and angst, Ali MC also wanted to portray Rohingya as a people with pride and determination, despite their adverse living conditions. The portraits included in Rohingya: Refugee Crisis in Colour accomplish just that - strength and resilience captured on camera.
The photos to be displayed in Rohingya: Refugee Crisis in Colour were shot with medium format film, and were taken at considerable risk - Ali MC was even arrested in Bangladesh, detained and questioned by the Bangladeshi Army. The result is an engaging, eye opening and beautifully shot exhibition that will prompt viewers to further explore and understand the challenges facing Rohingya people.
Ali MC is a photographer, writer and musician and Human Rights Law Masters student. As well as traveling extensively overseas, he has also lived in remote Aboriginal communities teaching music and learning language. In 2015 his first full-length book The Eyeball End was published, and in 2016 he produced a fourth album Urban Cleansing through his music collective New Dub City.
Rohingya: Refugee Crisis in Colour is presented by City of Yarra and Prism Imaging, and is also featured as part of the 2017 Human Rights Arts and Film Festival.