Nice to Meet You Project
-Stories of Migration
We are pleased to announce that our new exhibition the Nice to Meet You Project- Stories of Migration is now open. Due to current pandemic protocols, there will be no big opening but a soft launch.
The exhibition is the concept of photographer Luana Magno and in cooperation with TCLIP. Luana found a great connection to the stories shared in the Diversity in Leadership Project organized by TCLIP and S.U.C.C.E.S.S and consequently with the people telling them, some of whom you will find in this exhibition.
When coming together in this project, they were not under-represented any longer, at least not in this space, where diversity was seen as wealth, something to be celebrated and treasured. From this experience, a desire developed in Luana to create community connections by sharing the journeys of other migrants. By seeing their friendly faces and hearing their stories, neighbours and communities would know precisely how much value and potential these immigrants bring with them. This vision became the Nice to Meet You Project – Stories of migration. When you walk through our exhibition you get a sense of meeting the community. Behind each portrait picture, you will find their quote and a QR code that will allow you to watch each individuals interview online.
If you are curious where your “new friends” are coming from, you will find a map of all their home countries. However, there is a little twist. The map is upside down. No this is not a mistake, please do not try to turn it around.
The upside-down map is supposed to make you question conventional maps. Why do maps always show the north as up? For those who don’t just take it for granted, the common answer is that Europeans made the maps and they wanted to be on top. But there’s no good reason for the north to claim top-notch cartographic real estate over any other bearing, as an examination of old maps from different places and periods can confirm.
The profound arbitrariness of our current cartographic conventions was made evident by McArthur’s Universal Corrective Map of the World, an iconic “upside-down” view of the world that recently celebrated its 35th anniversary.
While visiting the exhibition, please take a moment and find your own or your ancestors’ home country on our map.
The museum staff was delighted to read the first comment made and pin added to the map, by a visitor from the Yellow Knife Nation. Not a migrant like everyone else.
The museum is delighted to celebrate diversity and community with this new exhibition. If you like to share your own stories or know someone who would like to participate in this ongoing project, email Luana.
Our amazing volunteer Gerrit de Waal filmed the interviews and spent countless hours editing the film material. While it was fun recording the interviews, it was a lot of hard work cutting down the material, and combining two different camera angles. The museum is thankful that we have such a dedicated and capable volunteer in Gerrit.