Hello! We are Kawthar and Emma, two members of the FutureLab Europe 2018 generation.

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Kawthar (left) is from Sweden, and Emma (right) is from the UK. Together, we are working on this project in both Sweden and the UK, to create a fundamentally international project and exhibition.

Coming from Sweden and the United Kingdom respectively, we have both had very different, yet also very similar experiences of being European citizens – just like every other person who lives in Europe. We are also aware of the different ways in which people respond to refugees and new comers, and the way that people are stereotyped and excluded from society – again having very different experiences of being European citizens.

We hope that through this project, these similarities and differences that are felt by so many will be highlighted, and in doing so highlight the differences and similarities between each of us.

Crossed Paths of Europe is an international project focused on increasing social inclusion and increasing awareness of the inclusiveness of the European identity through the use of photography.

Based in both the UK and Sweden, the project is oriented around giving refugees and local people from different communities in both Edinburgh and Stockholm an outlet to express themselves through photography, focusing on the things that are important to them, and how they see Europe as part of their life. The photographers will then be able to see their images and stories displayed in an exhibition taking place in both Stockholm and Edinburgh, as well as on this website following the event.

 

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This photo is of us working out our initial ideas for the project – we can’t wait to see where it goes next.