In our world of mobility and transnational working, people who’ve relocated to Scotland from the Basque Country, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Palestine, Poland, Somalia and Sweden shared their challenges and achievements speaking new languages with Deirdre MacKenna to make the film and series of photographs of The New Speaker Studio.
Building from feedback to their collaboration in 2018, this exhibition of film and photographs explores the experiences of people speaking new languages in Scotland today. The works in the exhibition have been created by Deirdre MacKenna, who interviewed Agata Urbanska, Brian Thunder, Daniele Sambo, Hanneke Scott-Van Weil, Leena Nammari, Miren Manias, Nadifa Essa and Nina Bacos to hear their stories and opinions about being a New Speaker. The objects are presented in the photographs and film as a substitute for the archetypal portrait-image of the interviewee, encouraging us to concentrate on the interviewees’ stories, and the objects they have chosen to represent them, rather than their appearance.
Milk Café is a Community Interest Company (CIC) initiated specifically to provide opportunities for integration to people who are new to the community. It is located on Victoria Road, Glasgow in the community which is one of the most cultural diverse in Scotland. Milk Café has become a recognised hub for inter cultural exchange and support. Milk Café operates in two ways: until 5pm daily as a normal commercial café, providing 50% of its employment to people recently moved to the community, and after 5pm daily, as a community resource where individuals and agencies provide non-profit activities including English language lessons, youth club and other activities.
Event organised by Milk Café and Cultural Documents. Cultural Documents was developed by Director Deirdre Mackenna to produce events and resources which help people engage with intangible aspects of society, such as migration, language and identity.
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