Welcome to a digital archive developed in dialogue with global communities of people identifying as asylum seekers, refugees, migrants or stateless. This project gathers responses to the Covid-19 pandemic specifically, and situates them within the broader landscape of multiple crises, including systemic racism, climate change, austerity and migration. The archive is a curated space which contains images, film, audio clips, drawings, playlists, testimonies and perspectives which are presented in a series of rooms. The rooms have been co-created in an ongoing dialogue between international researchers and contributors, and all contributions have been shared with permission.
"Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it."
Arundhati Roy, ‘The pandemic is a portal’,
The Financial Times, April 2020