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The poster is part of a campaign ‘Journey Together’, promoting friendship and solidarity with the plight of refugees. The photograph was taken by artist and campaigner Marksteen Adamson and includes the hand of Karzan, a Kurdish refugee from Iran. Karzan’s tattoo, which you can see in the photograph, means ‘loyalty’ in Persian. Karzan now lives in the UK and is waiting for his wife and seven year old son to arrive from Tehran having been separated for four years.
The poster was created on the back of ‘The Stations-Journey Together’ project. ‘The Stations’ is a unique project tracing the emotional journey of refugees, provoking reflection and daring us to respond. Drawing on the emotional suffering represented by the traditional 14 ‘Stations of the Cross’ it encapsulates the experiences and stories of refugees as they embark on a harrowing emotional, as well as geographical journey. Insight into the lives and stories of refugees is captured by the camera of artist and campaigner Marksteen Adamson. The project is the product of a collaboration between Marksteen and Justin Brierley, Krish Kandiah, Lou Dawson and Julie Tomlin.
‘The Stations’ project has resulted in exhibitions at St Martin in-the-Fields, London, Gloucester Cathedral and Spring Harvest. The project is in its early stages but is already helping to raise money for Home for Good, a fostering and adoption charity, which is campaigning for unaccompanied minors in refugee camps to be allowed into the UK. It is hoped that sales of the ‘Rescue Pack’ and the poster, will raise an estimated £25,000 for Home for Good. ‘The Stations’ project is also featured in a BBC One documentary shown on Tuesday 22nd March 2016. The project has also had extensive free media coverage in the Financial Times, The Sunday Times, and The Guardian worth an estimated £100K.