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Women in transit - a moving portrayal of the feminisation of immigration


INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY. Visitors will meet a touching project on display in Gäddan on March 8. Women in transit consists of photographs and stories told by Sara Al Emir, a student with experiences from field work in Mexico. Sara's exhibit also includes quotes from women on the run reflecting expectations, fear and hope during the overwhelming journey. 

"Migration is one of the most contentious issues of our times. In effect the migrant journey has become longer and more violent. I was in Mexico when 72 migrants on their way to the US where found dead in a shed. This issue was talked about and viewed as a local problem, as the result of corrupt authorities and organized crime which ultimately is a perspective that I have wanted to challenge.

My theoretical departing point is the global division based on race, class and gender that defines who can move or not and under what forms. Although the border crosser often is represented as a young, male which has server racism populist agendas, the current reality is that women increasingly are solely responsible for their families where migration is one of the few options available for a more secure life for them and their families – some talk about a feminisation of migration or a  feminisation of survival. But under what conditions do women migrate, what consequences do women face and what do their particular experiences say about current political processes? Critical perspectives and methods - especially decolonial and intersectional delineate this proyect. Who and what is included/excluded in common feminist debates, which women count? What girls and women are given care and empathy? How are “other” women represented? These are questions and reflections that I likewise want to raise with this exhibition."

Three themes will be in focus and set the framework for the panel discussion:

  1. The context of borders from a gender perspective, especially in regards to security politics that have led to increased militarization and vulnerability at the US/Mexico border but also globally.
  2. The concept of accountability/responsibility, it’s not something that is just happening “over there” but rather a global and transnational political issue.
  3. The importance of making visible “other women’s” voices and experiences.

Text: Johan Portland