Exploring Resilience With Refugee Art Exhibition “Portals of Longing” In Singapore

Step into the vibrant world of refugee artists with an exhibition showcasing poignant narratives and vibrant artworks from diverse backgrounds, shedding light on resilience, hope, and creativity amidst adversity.
by Zawani Abdul Ghani
Singapore Art Exhibition

Photo: Fatema H. Zada

An upcoming exhibition, “Portals of Longing”, will immerse visitors in a world of vibrant paintings by talented refugees from Liberty to Learn Berhad (FUGEE), running from February 26 to March 3, 2024, at Wisma Atria Indoor Event Area Level 1.

Unprecedented in its focus, this exhibition sheds light on the journeys and narratives of refugee artists, aiming to raise awareness about the impactful work of FUGEE in Malaysia.

Through a collection of expressive artworks, “Portals of Longing” delves deep into the experiences of refugees from Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Palestine, Syria, and Myanmar. Each artwork serves as a testament to the artists’ longing for home and acceptance, portraying resilience and hope for a brighter future amidst adversity.

Singapore Art Exhibition

(From left to right) Sai Paing Htet Linn, Masuma Tavakoli, Nour Aldeen Salama. (Photos: =DREAMS Asia/FUGEE)

Artists like Mousa Elias Salameh Shokeh, Nour Aldeen Salama, Fatema H. Zada, and the father-daughter duo Abdulraouf and Reham bring unique perspectives and compelling stories to this exhibition.

Photo: Reham Baydoun and Abdurouf Baydoun

Organized by =DREAMS Asia in collaboration with FUGEE, this exhibition marks a significant initiative in spotlighting refugee art in Singapore. Mentored by esteemed Malaysian artists, these refugee artists have poured their creativity and passion into their works, offering viewers a glimpse into their world and the universal language of art as a tool for bridging gaps and fostering empathy.

This story originally published on The Peak Singapore.


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