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Health & Migration Webinar at United Nation City

I am honoured to be in the panel for Migration and Health called ‘True Stories’ by World Health Organisation at the United Nation City in Copenhagen on Tuesday 8th of August.

Speakers:

  • Bernadette Kumar, Associate Professor – Department of Community Medicine and Global Health, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Domenico Sergi, Curator and Community Engagement Coordinator, Horniman Museum and Gardens, United Kingdom
  • Mahboobeh Rajabi, Digital Artist, Community Arts North West, United Kingdom

Moderator:

  • Dr Erinma Ochu, Lecturer, Digital Science Communication, School of Environment and Life Sciences, University of Salford, United Kingdom

The webinar focus was the importance of responsible, meaningful and compelling communication efforts to evoke positive change for migrants, refugees and host communities. During the course of the discussion, we hope to provide some food for thought about the importance of telling compelling stories in order to connect and
engage with audiences, while at the same time staying factual and reducing sensationalism.

Key Objectives:

  • To offer insights into the way narratives (stories) can be constructed and communicated in order to positively impact on public opinion and government policy.
  • To explore ways of effectively dispelling public health myths regarding refugees and migrants.
  • To promote social inclusion and respect for diversity via formal and informal means.

I talked about Community Arts as one of the most important Social Model, Intercultural Communication and the importance of the arts and what healthcare professionals can learn and offer to effective advocacy around migration and health.

I also focused on the importance on creating opportunities for Refugees and Asylum Seekers to respond to Media to create the communication that will show their true identity and not only the traumatic image of the force leave. I explained the different methods of the responds which are the creative ways of making video, animation and theatre that both give opportunity to refugees and asylum seekers to improve their confidence and an educational tool to raise awareness to the public around their situation.

The importance of empowering the individuals was also one of the main parts of the discussion that I discussed. I mentioned the value of the support through community Arts that helps Refugee and Asylum Seekers to reconstruct their identity which is the most important key to help them to engage to society and building their lives.

I believe there is a huge need to speak up about the issues that is not getting resolved around migration and especially Refugees and all caught up to the paper works based on the structures that needs to be changed. So many organisations across the world are working on same old actions which needs a risk to change. These webinars starting by global organisations is a great start and I will be a part as much as it needs to see the change. There are so many evidence on some great projects that took risks and made changes.

It was also amazing to hear the important points from Dr Bernadette Kumar around the understanding of the myth around migrants and refugees health and what needs to be done. Also the experience of the works of  Dr Domenico Sergi in the Horniman Museum and what he mentioned regarding engaging public to these works to understand migrants and refugees was the key points to take more actions.

You can watch the full webinar here soon …

BIG Announcement

I started 2017 with such amazing news.

I had meetings for my Innovative Digital Performance Idea and all has been hugely successful in January and February (basically up until now) I can see the foundation of my idea which is my experiences in the world of Digital, Media and also theatre.

The more big news is that I got Jerwood Creative Fellowship to work with Manchester International Festival @mifestival and also I am the Digital Artist for #TANDEMeurope this year, with my wonderful manager Sara Domville, working with Community Arts North West (CAN) and ‘Stichting de Vrolijkheid’ in #Amsterdam . I am looking forward to do amazing #Art projects in 2017.

I will be updating soon because I have my editing for the exciting Outside The Frame Arts Event 11th of March.

All great, exciting and productive stuff  🙂

P.S. New update:

I am proud to be working with Women’s Aid and Pankhurst Centre for the second year for International Women’s Day 2017, doing an animation workshop to send our message in IWD #BeBoldForChange .

it’s more than 6 years for me working also with women with different backgrounds to make art and sending our message to the world that women should never be treated any differently because they are women especially in the countries that women are treated second level citizens and have no rights and treated as a sex stuff to produce kids … It’s more than 5 years of starting Freedom Bird blog which got continued when I started more projects with women like Rule 35 at CAN and the working and producing videos and art works by women to send our message.

Also I am proud to work with women who are suffering any other situations and it made them vulnerable in different organisation in Manchester and Greater Manchester and they need get their voice out there.

More great news to be continued …

 

My new poem “Confessa In The Present”

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This is my new poem for my sessions at the Common Word.

I have to add the sessions from last year been amazing for me and I performed two times and now I am going through bringing my “Inside Persian Poetry” out to English as a Persian girl  🙂  I am getting there #Feeling Productive Also check the P.S at the end

Confessa In The Present       by Mahboobeh Rajabi

Scene 1:  Confessa In …

Just under the neck
going through the middle of my body
Where it’s called “chest”
Is heavy …

Is so heavy that’s like someone put a heavy rock on it
I can still breathe, but it’s heavy
I punch it while I inhale and exhale deeply
But it’s not working
I close my eyes for just listening to my body and my breathing

My chest is going up, inhaling the universe of thoughts
The plan is to exhale the “Nothing”
And just the thought of breathing

Inhale …. Deeply … Stop …

Stop …
How can I destroy a universe?
I never learned that
The Big Bang didn’t end yet

So how can I expect myself to end it?

My chest is heavy

Full of universes that couldn’t get destroy by exhale

I just need to confess it

And the thought of Confessa and it’s melody

Dragging my soul to the galaxy of broken but healed hearts

My pen is is like an ocean now

Each wave is a word, same time of my breathing
It lands the words on the sands:

I, whom has her name, carved in the stone of Love
Made the sky roar
when that question from the winds
stays with no answer

I teared that way of the oxygen
that made my heart beat
I listened to all person’s words
My heart was just beating
I teared it from what was the Hard Air
My heart was just beating
I teared from those capillaries of quiet

The sky roared in my throat
the clouds rained on my reaped chest
It washed the blood and clots of death
Then I put my heart back to my chest
deep breath finally heard
my beatings

The love is pouring from the sound of the lenses of the camera of the Earth
I submit all the timeless moments full of new existence feelings
and being submitted on this earth
my name was at the top
it was timeless and free

Scene 2:  The Present

The owth to that look,

Staring to the paralyzed far

That tied up to the part part of the soul

To the melody of time and trauma

Every note has a saying

From a love story

The word from the past, incredible memories

Or a paralyzed trauma

From nowhere of drama

I crossed the time

The sky got happy

Universe crossed my soul

The galaxy became a memory

The names began

The words woke up

A journey started

A quiet and far journey

A backpack full of questions

A spite from the past

And a cup of missing feelings and pains

But this journey started

Even though my backpack

Got heavy with pain

I continued the way

Whatever from the capacity of an intense past

My shoulders cried

I continued the way

But got in my way

My full backpack

As the time got heavier

The body got slower

Again had to stop and think

Make a decision, from the beginning

Sometimes at the climax of tolerance

It’s like you were just rounding around yourself

All the way through …

It was hard … It was hard

I asked myself

Where am I in the story?

Where is this part of the drama?

Full of pain …

With “ A 100 No Answer Questions”

With a backpack drawn on to my life stories

With a glance on my backpack

My shoulder couldn’t bare

I felt on my knees

In the climax of pain

I put on the ground

My full backpack

Whatever was the way

Became easier to take

Till today

I didn’t take

Any backpack

For no reason …

I continued the way … the drama … the trauma

I continued

22/05/2016

P.S  The life had been busy but exciting and productive. I will start my Digital and Animation workshops in Rochdale this week that I am looking forward to and I am also going through sorting out some unfair matters which is hard but I believe it’s making me stronger to learn my lessons and fight more and the biggest lesson is that you will help the people in your position and going through similar situation.

“Life is a fighting for a better me and making me feel better by understanding helping people in the similar fight.”  Quote from me today #AllCopyRightsReserved  🙂

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Second Documentary & New Animation

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Second Documentary

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I finally finished the second documentary with my good friend and writer Marcela Hervia about the homeless issue in Manchester. (About 3 weeks a go but haven’t got time to blog!) When me and Marcela finished the first video it wasn’t any news about any good shelter for them but now there are news that empty buildings will be open for them so hopefully the promises are genuine and we won’t see anyone sleeping rough in this cold winter.

The main thing for me that kept me thinking A LOT is seeing young people on the streets that is not good for the future of a city because those young people are the future. In any situation they need help and direction and I hope they will be taken seriously to be out of the streets and get their lives back.

I don’t know why being homeless became a badge and the forever dark at the end of the tunnel when as a human we know life has ups and downs and everybody deserve help and chances to live as long as they are breathing.

I will write about it soon but … yeah … it just broke my heart watching people living in the streets in the Manchester and as it gets worst from more than 5 years a go till now.

I also made a short comedy animation from one of my short pieces at Commonword Identity writing workshop.

It will be screened at CAN‘s “Community Spirit” event at Mad lab and in Filmonik at old corner house (MMU) and I will upload in youtube soon.

I just invite everyone to watch my documentary just below and let’s not think about the BUSY schedule before Christmas and … yeah I’m fine and I will write about it soon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quqXAkTDR68

My official website

Hi Everyone,

Click on the image below and it take you to my official website  🙂

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So basically I finished two projects at Community Arts Northwest (CAN) that was one of the greatest experience and opportunities I could have as a Digital Artists/Animator. Beside finishing the production of my first test animation based on my research and Japanese Mythology that was an amazing success for me.

Do I.T. that was a digital media course and “Rule 35” a project and performance based on the detention system in UK specially Yarl’swood.

And both were so successful and made me proud being a part of these great projects and meeting new people and getting more on track in my professional life.

So looking forward to expand my research plus new opportunities and new beginnings universe  😉

My latest video

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Hello Universe!

The brochure above is the latest project that I am on as an digital Artist and its called “Rule 35” by CAN (Community Arts North West Manchester)

The promo video I produced is just below  🙂

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypM74YFlNE0

And I just need a bit rest in whole my life and plan to do some thing for my website not just this blog and bunch of update. But at last I am posting in these busy days of my life having adventure as I call them “placeless memories” that is so relatable to my situation. (And I just made up an English word from relate and yes let’s say relatable  🙂  )

I am doing good in my Korean studying and I am proud universe, I am proud that I can speak, read and write in Korean, just got the intermediate level but my research and my passion for Far East of Asia is on. As it is the only thing that left in my life  :l

beside the second year of Japanese and reading and writing …. That’s … let’s change the subject “How are you ddoooin universe?” (with the Joe accent of series of friends)

YUP I’m on that too … After I sort most of my life out I am excited for a surprise interview that I will reveal later … It’s a SURPRISE  🙂

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Asia Art Archive 🙂

An other Stop Motion Animation

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Happy New Year Universe!

It’s been a great year 2014 beside all the problems that I don’t want to go on my year review AT ALL, I am alive and healthy!

What’s better than that  🙂  is actually my new stop motion animation for second year of DO I.T. course at CAN (Community Art Northwest) in Manchester that i finished last year and it’s online.

And greater news is that it will be shown in Motion North that is a cool event to show case motion design and animation works but in a professional level and mine there is an unexplainable feeling.

I know I am still learning as a trainee in animation and graphic design but it means a lot to me and I will work on better animations in the future soon.

and here you go with its video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lxz1XyaQQQ0

Let’s go to P.S of the life:

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Beside being sick in the holidays and missing Christmas lunch that became an other tragic story on the top of all the tragic stories of my life, I am out of my studying schedule that need a good planning and I am in a “Ookey, let’s begin” mode that you still didn’t fo the first step and a good planning.

because when ehat is left and stays for you to survive protect it and … I have no idea what I just wrote but that means I have to survive some how .. in life … yeah …

Wish everyone an amazing 2015 with lots of good GOOD news

Amaterasu animation video

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HELLO Universe

The video of Amaterasu is online and the link is below:

Amaterasu, Goddess of the sun

This experience was an amazing journey specially because it was the first visual step of my research.

This journey helped me meet new people and I met one of my good friends and colleagues Katrina who is a great illustrator.

Beside my BUSY year and specially this last month I am proud of my 2014 with all ups and downs.

I am looking forward to 2015 and I need to do a big plan for a new website, put everything in place and take the higher professional step to work on bigger projects.

I will update soon with my new research and study schedule that will be my priority for next year beside 2 big projects “Rule 35” and “Do I.T.”

There is a short film that I have to do at the beginning of 2015 and I am hoping to do a good time organizing and reaching all the targets in Spring 2015.

Because it’s regarding my research too and kind a 2015 is pulling everything from my research together.

So, Ohhhh! I wanted to write Merry Christmas and I remember in Do I.T we did some Christmas cards for our selves to set our goals and I forgot to put Merry Christmas for myself … YUP the sign of busier 2015 but all for good #Optimisticgirl  🙂

I have to continue bringing back my events and projects from FCPX that had been updated and God thanks for everything!

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Animation Project finish point …

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Konnichiwa Universe …!

So Finally the Amaterasu animation project about the lovely deity of the sun finished.

Had the meeting yesterday and it got the road for the future and hopefully movies.

Again thanks to amazing Yuko and my amazing work place CAN 🙂

There is lots to do now to focus every thing, beside one of the animations that i animated a heart and it looks SO natural and I am so happy about.

My study schedule doesn’t look really good and it really needs time and working that I couldn’t do enough these days.

It’s not that bad but from my point of view am I satisfied? … NOPE. and that’s the thing.

I need work as much as I am satisfied and I need more planning.

but in the mean time it’s a pause and breathe that will help whole the thing.

🙂

I have to finish this post soon, need to get home early and I really like productive days.

So yes it’s done by me but the story of JPN mythology just began.

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Productive Japan Day

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Hello to the universe and all the creatures inside!

By the changes that comes up for “Goddess of the sun, Amaterasu” Next week is taking to completing in CAN and it’s all for good.

Finishing the second year of my Japanese course till the end of November and passing by 85 out of 100 for the one before the main exam is a ” You are AWESOME” to my forehead.

I finished a draft video for the graphic and animation works I want to do for Heart’s core and it made me being on track and I felt SO good on Friday.

The week a head gonna be super busy too but all good and productive and I am getting good skills in the tech course in contact theater that was again a better point to the projects I am working on.

And the website and focusing the works is again a priority.
IT NEEDS TO BE DONE!

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The meeting today with Yuko Howes the amazing Japanese lady from JSNW (Japanese Society of North West) was made me think of I forgot to add the photo of Japan Day!

So The Japan Day in Manchester was on 25th of August 2014 with lots different activities from showing martial arts to the costume contest mostly from animation and manga characters and information about the Japanese art (like craft and paintings and etc.) and culture.

And Yuko invited me being as the guest of fantastic tea ceremony of Japan and I absolutely LOVED it.

The adventure was cool and the venue “Midland Hotel” was great, and I think bigger venue was even better because LOTS of people came and yeah! … it was full with people who were interested in Japan and it made me super happy  🙂

Here are some photos:

And finally me as a Japanese warrior … Kind a … ^_^

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