Human Rights in Ireland welcomes this guest post from Seoidín O’Sullivan. 

Invitation to  a Public The Villagediscussion in Broadcast Gallery, DIT Portland Row as part of ‘Seeking the Village’.

There will be a discussion at Broadcast Gallery on Saturday 5 April 11.30am- 1pm led by a representative from Asylum Archive and former Asylum seeker Helen Uchechukwu Ogbu who has written a research paper entitled Parenting in direct provision.

You are running away from a place of danger only to find that your situation here is even worse.

Participant Mother living in Direct Provision in Dublin

Seeking the Village is a collaborative art and life project between artists Seoidín O’Sullivan, Áine Ivers and mothers living in direct provision during the 5 Lamps Arts Festival. The project explores the tensions between domestic and public space, particularly for those in direct provision, who are often deprived of both. Through the project the artists will creatively engage with some of the difficulties of raising families and children while living under direct provision. They have transformed a room in Broadcast Gallery into a  ‘village’. The village is both a public and private space – the village being a symbolic space where all are active citizens…

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