How do young people think about migration ? The photographer Manca Juvan initiated a trans-media exhibition on Migration and Youth, which aims to answer this question. The exhibition was done in cooperation with APIS Institute, the High School of Design and Photography in Ljubljana (SŠOF), and the Institute of trans-media design. The exhibition was open for public as part of the exhibitions on Migration at the Slovenian Ethnographic Museum and in the High School for Design and Photography.

The students of SŠOF prepared 5 photo-series under the mentorship of Manca Juvan. This exhibition constituted a part of the exhibition “Migracije”(www.migracije.si), produced by APIS Institute in cooperation with the Institute for trans-media design in co-production with the Ministry of Culture. “Migracije” and representing the first trans-media exhibition in Slovenia.

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The photo-series on the topic of Migration created by the students of Photography are thematically complementing the projects conducted by APIS Institute: Migrations and Images of equality. The students were focusing on the experiences of young migrants, a secondary theme of the photo-series exhibitions. However, the mentor identified a great opportunity for the students to make research on current problems young migrants are facing. The photo-series therefore aims to include youth in the process of creation, as well as educate the public on the addressed themes.

Authors: Manca Borštnar, Andraž Fijavž Bačovnik, Nina Krajnc, Tin Meštrović Silvaši, Kristina Žetko

The video from the exhibition opening at the Slovenian Ethnographic museum can be seen here.

KRISTINA ŽETKO

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DVOJNO ŽIVLJENJE/ DOUBLE LIFE

Nino Bektashashvili, 30, from Georgia currently lives a double life in Slovenia: one week, she is a full-time single mother, the other week she is a young single woman. She arrived to Slovenia when she was 6 months pregnant. She split up with her daughter’s father shortly after that, thus, having to face another challenge. After four years of life in Slovenia, she still has not been given a residence permit, even though she speaks fluently Slovenian. However, her biggest obstacle is finding a job in Slovenia- she is unemployed, but constantly seeking for employment and collaborating at different projects.

TIN MESTROVIĆ SILVAŠI

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NA POTI/ON THE ROAD

Amresh Torul, 32, is from Mauritius. There he completed his ICT studies and met his wife, Tjaša, through messenger. As they didn’t want to live in Slovenia or Mauritius in the beginning, they chose to move to neutral England. However, after a few years, they moved to Slovenia because of Tjaša’s nostalgia. Here, Amresh wasn’t well accepted by the Slovenian society due to the language barrier. The attendance of Slovenian courses in Vegova school and of the High school of technical expertise Šiška represented a great challenge to him. At first, it wasn’t easy. But slowly everything fell back into place. Today, Amresh and his wife live in Cerknica, from where he drives each day to Ljubljana for work.

MANCA BORŠTNAR

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RAZDVOJENOST/ TORN APART

I don’t know where I belong and in what I believe, maybe I never will “. Yuliya Molina moved from Ukraine to the Slovenian coast when she was 11 years old. Her childhood wasn’t the easiest, especially not the years she spent in a Slovenian primary school just after moving to Slovenia. She had to face stereotypes, her being perceived as “different” and the fact that she wasn’t accepted by her peers because she still had to cope with her traumas. She got inspired by art and after she finished the high school in Koper, she moved to Ljubljana where she graduated from the Academy of Art and Design (ALUO).

NINA KRANJC

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SPREJETI /ACCEPTED

A series of portraits present migrant students at the High school of Design and Photography in Ljubljana who came to Slovenia from Thailand, Ukraine, America and other places. The causes of these migrations were different. The author of this photo-series focuses on integration by asking the students the same question: “How did Slovenians accept you ?”. Their answers give us a better insight on how they might feel living in Slovenia.

ANDRAŽ FIJAŽ BAČOVNIK

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NA BOLJE /BETTER OFF

Xiaoli Ye, 19, is from a Chinese city called Zhejiang. Her parents came to Slovenia wishing to build a new and better life here. They settled down in Velenje, where they opened one of the first Chinese restaurants. After years of life without parents (she lived with her aunt in China), she joined them in 2004. Her little brother Xiaoou was born that same year and she started to attend primary school. She learned Slovenian very fast even though it was the biggest challenge for her. She is an excellent student in school and she also helps her parents manage their store of Chinese products every day. Her major love is music; she got educated in solo singing and playing the violin. She will be studying Chinese and Economics in the future, since she aspires to connect Slovenia and China.

On the opening of the exhibition, Xiaoli Ye presented herself with a song in Slovenian language Nič drugačni. YouTube Preview Image