Vanessa’s project - ‘Soul Relics Museum’ Exhibition


Dear Kindly community,

I want to exhibit a “special edition” of my personal project called Soul Relics Museum - - which collects photos of objects and stories relating to memories of a period of struggle.

The main focus is on mental health but after my trip to Jordan as a young person representing a youth group from Hong Kong to listen to Syrian refugees, I am very keen to work on migration stories and refugees’ soul relics. I promised the refugee families that I will get their stories spoken and heard and send the photos of the exhibition back to them. My idea is to instil hope, understanding instead of despair or sympathy.

 There are numerous initiatives around refugee issues. However, I don’t want people to see these as “numbers” and “one of the many” – they are unique individuals with their stories of hopes.

I hope to do an exhibition of the stories from the 4 families in June, which coincide with the Refugee week in a neighbour community venue called Poplar Union, London.

Poplar Union hosts the E5 Roastery cafe (best sourdough bread in London!), who runs a refugee employment scheme and 30% of their profits support refugee organisations.

I hope the impact of the exhibition can be sustained via digitally archiving them on the Soul Relics website, and if resource allows, there will be a reception event with partner organisations who run projects on theatre/ spoken words with refugees, and possibly Reset UK – mainly because I have contacts with these organisations after my travel. 

My ask to you, my fellow Kindly community members!

  •  Please vote!

  • Can you send me a video/ written story that features either of the following?

  • an object/ scent/ photo/ food etc that relates to a story about your encounter/ interaction with a refugee

  • an object/ scent/ photo/ food etc that relates to a story about your own story about migration/ seeking refuge?

  • What can we as individuals do/ what have you done in relation to the "refugee crisis" we are having now?