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What can you hold onto when running away to save your life?

 

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How can you be, belong, or settle when nobody accepts you as a citizen?

 

How do you legally prove your very existence after decades of systemic violence? Spring Song (2016–19) is a work in progress that revolves around objects and archival material found in the camps. Placed against vivid monochromatic backgrounds, these precarious assemblages, decaying documents, and faded photographs convey fragmented memories and feelings of displacement.

 

Munem Wasif began visiting Rohingya refugee camps on the Myanmar–Bangladesh border in 2009. These camps have grown exponentially since the violent incidents escalating in 2017 that have caused hundreds of thousands of refugees to flee into Bangladesh.