The word diaspora comes from the Greek word for scattering seeds.

A style of post-1960s art which rejected the traditional values and politically conservative assumptions of its predecessors, in favour of a wider, more entertaining concept of art, using new artistic forms enriched by video and computer-based technology.

  • The evolution of film making as a visual art form.
  • The subject of freedom of expression from the perspective of a film maker.
  • The evolution of technology in the field of visual art.
  • Censorship on the various visual arts and why art holds such a strong influence.
  • Role of the artist to heal and transform wounded communities through
  • Healing tranformation spiritual wounds and community
  • Loss of land, loss of identity, loss of community
  • An ethnography of diasporas, loss and globalization discussing how Post Mondernist Artists across the globe seek to heal and transform spiritual wounds within a diasporic community using artistic expression to remember
  • Film making
  • Migration – Diaspora
  • Exodus
  • Movement
  • Shift
  • Activism
  • Censorship
  • Text Art
  • Ethnographic enquiry
  • Dewey
  • The ethnography of Diaspora
  • Tracing Slavery – Penrhyn – Historical influences
  • Colonialism
  • Through the eyes of a filmmaker
  • Diaspora, Trauma and Rememberance
  • Mapping
  • Diaspora, Migration and Globalization
  • spiritual activism
  • How we identify with a culture or with individuals
  • Welsh Language

Potential Artists

  • John Akomfrah
  • Ai Wei Wei – chinese
  • Xu Bing – Print Making and Installations –  –Book from the sky
  • Lamia Joreige – lebonese
  • Priya Sen
  • Trin T Min-ha

noun: diaspora

  1. the dispersion of the Jews beyond Israel.
  • Jews living outside Israel.
  • the dispersion or spread of any people from their original homeland.

plural noun: diasporas – “the diaspora of boat people from Asia”

Ethnography (from Greek ἔθνος ethnos “folk, people, nation” and γράφω grapho “I write”) is the systematic study of people and cultures. It is designed to explore cultural phenomena where the researcher observes society from the point of view of the subject of the study. An ethnography is a means to represent graphically and in writing the culture of a group. The word can thus be said to have a “double meaning”, which partly depends on whether it is used as a count noun or uncountable.[1] The resulting field study or a case report reflects the knowledge and the system of meanings in the lives of a cultural group.[2][3][4]

artists in exile: Identity Origin and Roots:

John Akomfrah – Ghanian

Ghanaian-born filmmaker and founder of the Black Audio Film Collective. Akomfrah’s video installation over two screens looks at five centuries of migration and religious persecution.

It was inspired while he was teaching in Barbados in 2009 and he saw a cemetery containing 17th Century graves of Sephardic Jewish refugees who had fled Brazil: “I was asking ‘how did they get here?'”

Lamia Joreige

The starting point for Mathaf (Arabic for museum) from this visual artist is the collection of the destroyed National Museum of Beirut, in particular a fragment of Roman mosaic, damaged by a hole from a sniper’s bullet.


it is becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish between diasporic migrations and many other kinds of transnational migrations and movements.

Tate – Diaspora term

Jamaican-born cultural theorist and sociologist Stuart Hall, Widely known as ‘godfather of multiculturalism’, published an important essay called Cultural identity and Diaspora in 1990.

Jamaican-born cultural theorist and sociologist Stuart Hall, Widely known as ‘godfather of multiculturalism’, published an important essay called Cultural identity and Diaspora in 1990. In it he addresses issues of identity in relation to cultural practice and production and explains the experience of the migrant as one of dislocation, displacement and hybridity (a mix of experience and cultures). Through his investigations, based on the experiences of the Caribbean diaspora, he came to the conclusion that individuals have more than one identity: they have one that is based on similarities and a unity which comes from belonging to a shared culture; and one that is based on an active process of identification, that responds to points of difference and is therefore always evolving through ‘a continuous play of history, culture and power.’

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