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Refugee stories larger than life in new exhibition

Oct 26th, 2017 | By | Category: Radio News

Refugees and asylum seekers are at the heart of a new photography exhibition by renowned photographer Alistair Guthrie.

The photos are part of the Wage Peace New Zealand campaign, started by Aucklander Tracey Barnett.

Sapeer Mayron reports.

Tracey Barnett’s campaign to Wage Peace started as a Facebook page to combat the misinformation and misconceptions around refugees.

She says the biggest misconception is that migrants are a drain on the economy – a claim which she says has been proven false in both the US and across Europe.

“The Trump Administration created a study that just recently came out with a number that the White House wouldn’t accept, and it was this: American refugees create $63 billion more money in income earned than they cost over a decade.”

Tracey says the photographer, Alistair Guthrie, wanted to show how New Zealand is made up of people transplanted from all over, for many different reasons.

“These portraits are two meters tall, they are black and white, they are mostly close ups of faces.

“I think the power of that is that when you see an eye looking back at you that is the size of your forehead, you jump into that face, you jump into that narrative of who that person is, and that is apowerful, really moving thing.”

The exhibition is showing at the National Portrait Gallery on Customhouse Quay and runs from the 27th of October till the 5th of November.

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