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The influence of From A Distance on audiences and participants

Updated Monday 11th September 2017

How the Tate visitors got close to From A Distance.

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Behjat Omer Abdulla’s, hauntingly beautiful drawings engage with the tragedies families experience when they become refugees. During the event audiences were invited to take part and to reflect on their own positioning, ethical responsibility towards refugees and how this affects their own identities.

Below you can view how visitors felt about and reflected upon the influence that these drawings had on their perceptions of the refugees’ experiences. Overall more than 130 visitors posted comments and photographed alongsided the drawings, reflecting on acts of witnessing and empathy, but also feelings of shame.

Visitor's handwritten reaction to From A Distance Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission Visitor's handwritten reaction to From A Distance Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission Visitor's handwritten reaction to From A Distance Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission Visitor's handwritten reaction to From A Distance Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission

To find more about Behjat’s work and the reception during the event watch this video:

 

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