The multidisciplinary exhibition Wandering without return will be presented at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (National Museum of Fine Arts) from January 30, 2020 to January 31, 2021. Entrance will be free of charge.
Wandering without return is a unique immersive multimedia experience about the life of Rohingya refugees. A Muslim minority in Myanmar (formerly Burma) mainly Buddhist, this people has been persecuted for decades. With the escalation of violence and mass killings since 2016, the UN is now referring to a situation of genocide.
In 2018, the unprecedented exodus of the Rohingya people caught the attention of a documentary photographer from Québec, Renaud Philippe. He decided to go to southeastern Bangladesh to document this crisis and raise awareness about it. Moved by the photographer’s commitment and the power of his images as much as by the urgency and magnitude of the situation, Olivier Higgins and Mélanie Carrier decided to produce a feature documentary about it. In the fall of 2018, Olivier and Renaud went to collect images and testimonies of refugees from Kutupalong camp in southeastern Bangladesh. In just a few months, the place has become the largest refugee camp on the planet, home to more than 600,000 people.
Conceived by the filmmaking couple and produced by MÖ FILMS, in collaboration with Renaud Philippe, this multidisciplinary exhibition will immerse you in the daily life of Rohingya refugees. In addition to photographs, cinematographic extracts, soundscapes, testimonies and children’s drawings, the public will also find a hundred dioramas (miniature sculptures) from the artist Karine Giboulo.
The situation experienced by this people in exile challenges us all, wherever we are on the planet, inviting us to think about the interconnectedness and interdependence of human beings, and the importance of solidarity.
THE PARTNERS OF THE EXHIBITION
This exhibition is presented with the support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Conseil de la culture de la région de Québec, the cultural development agreement between the Government of Quebec and Québec City, in collaboration with the Québec City Film Festival, Antitube, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Université Laval’s Interdisciplinary Research Community on Vulnerability (CRIV) and the extraordinary collaboration of Rohingya refugees from Québec city.
- Olivier Higgins & Mélanie Carrier – Curators, designers and filmmakers (videos & soundscapes)
- Renaud Philippe – Photography
- Karine Giboulo – Visual arts (a hundred dioramas)
- Rosalie Gamache – Visual arts (portraits)
- Marie-Renée Bourget-Harvey – Scenographer et designer
- Mohammed Shofi – A Rohingya living in Quebec City and collaborating to the exhibition
- Louis-Robert Bouchard – Technical direction and illusionist projection (video mapping)
- Kevin Dubois – Lighting
- And the whole team of the Musée national des beaux-arts who supports us in our efforts.