ANTWERP | ‘Stories of refuge’ exhibition at Red Star Line Museum  

From 1 April, and no it’s not an April’s Fool joke, the Red Star Line Museum in Antwerp hosts the ‘Stories of refuge‘ exhibition. Obviously, this exhibition was planned way before the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, Belarus and Chechnya. Nevertheless, the theme is very topical. 

Inside Red Star Line Museum.

In 2021, it was exactly 70 years since the Refugee Convention was signed by 24 countries in Geneva. In the aftermath of World War II, this convention established the definition of a refugee and who was entitled to asylum. Even today, there are 80 million people fleeing their countries worldwide, and this is the subject of much discussion in our society.

To mark this anniversary, the Red Star Line Museum is creating the ‘Stories of refuge’ exhibition. It explores what it means to be on the run, beyond laws and political agreements. People with a story of refuge tell their story, personal objects and interviews bring it to life. 

The Red Star Line Museum tells the story of two million passengers who once made the crossing to America on the Red Star Line’s steamships. Some of them would be considered as refugees today. It shows that this is not merely an actual issue of the past few years. Throughout history, millions of people left their homes through wars and crises, seeking safety.

Coming to Belgium

The ‘Stories of refuge’ exhibition will be an authentic journey along stories of refugees who have come to Belgium over the last 70 years. Stories of frustration, uncertainty and trauma, as well as courage, resilience and persistence. What decisions did they have to make during their journeys? Who did they meet along the way? What about the label ‘refugee’? Will they ever not be a ‘refugee’?

World Refugee Day

“On the 20th of June, International World Refugee Day, we asked Vida, Noor, Angela and Zakaria to read some pieces from the Geneva Convention and tell us what it means to them”, Red Star Line explains.

The film is a collaboration between Atlas Antwerp, the Red Cross asylum for refugees ‘Linkeroever’ and the Red Star Line Museum.

Practical information and tickets.

Art and museums in Antwerp

32 Comments Add yours

  1. elvira797mx says:

    WoW! Very interesting post! Thank’s for share Timothy.
    Have a wonderful time!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Timothy says:

      Thank you Elvira.

      I’m curious for the exhibition.

      Have a great time yourself.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. elvira797mx says:

        You are welcome, Timithy. Yes, I can imagine,
        Thank’s you too.

        Liked by 1 person

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