JOURNEY OF HOPE – AN ART EXHIBITION
“I would like to encourage all those who have been forced to flee from their homes to stay strong and faithful on their journey of hope and freedom. Having fled from persecution, it wasn’t easy for me to regain hope in a new land, especially after decades during which my pursuit of art and freedom had been violently suppressed. But forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I was determined to rebuild my life in Malta by picking up the paintbrush that was once dropped forcibly.”
These are the words of John W. Zhang, artist and refugee. They are words that are very much in line with what JRS Malta have discovered over the years. Refugees hope for safety, protection, freedom and peace of mind. But like everyone else, they also hope for much more than that. Refugees need to feel that they have a future, whilst making peace with the wounds of their past. They dream of living in a community where they truly belong and not one in which they’re considered to be permanent guests. Their journey of hope leads them in the direction of a life which is truly worth living.
To mark World Refugee Day on the 20th June, JRS Malta, in collaboration with the Jean de la Valette Foundation, will be hosting Journey of Hope on the 4th June at 8pm. This is a fundraising art exhibition at The Palace Hotel in Sliema. Artworks are being provided by established artist John W. Zhang, a refugee who was forced to flee his home country due to religious and political persecution.
All those interested in attending the event or in viewing the artworks prior to the event can contact Ms Kyoko Zhang at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 2144 2751. Hard copies of the exhibition catalogues are available on request.
The Jesuit Refugee Service is an NGO that began its work in Malta in 1993, and has over the years expanded its services to provide legal and social services to asylum seekers and refugees in detention and local communities. JRS Malta is currently running several projects with a focus on integration and hospitality.
The Jean de la Valette Foundation for Art and Culture has become an important platform in recent years for cultural and artistic exchange between Malta and foreign countries. The Foundation creates a structure where artists and the general public can meet, and aims to raise public awareness of art and cultural diversity.