Exhibition launch: Who’s behind your order? Photo stories of Brazilian women working in the app-based delivery sector in London

Exhibition, produced by NGO Migrants in Action and the Department of Geography, King’s College London runs from the 7th to 24th June at the Brixton House. Opening night will be hosted on the 13th June, from 6pm to 8pm. RSVP here

“The Photovoice exhibition Who’s behind your order? provides a glimpse into the lives and the challenges faced by invisible workers who contribute to the functioning of the urban economy of London, through the eyes of five Brazilian women working in the app-based delivery sector.

They guide us – via their own photos, texts, and audio recordings as well as documentary photography by photographer Paula Siqueira – on a fast-paced journey through the busy roads of the city, sharing intimate fragments of their lives as migrant women workers and questioning the role of financial autonomy as a way of addressing gendered exclusion and structural violence.

Produced by Migrants in Action (MinA) – an arts-based organisation run by and for minoritised migrant women survivors of gender-based violence – the individual narratives and imageries came to life using a chat app to prompt participants with questions, themes and stories they have then shared in group meetings.
Who’s behind your order? is part of a body of collaborative research on Brazilian migrant women’s experiences of gender-based violence across UK and Brazil, led by Professor Cathy McIlwaine (King’s College London), and aims to tackle the subject through a series of international knowledge exchange, awareness raising and impact activities across Brazilian-British borders.

For all the participants, this was the first time they have taken part in an arts-based project. The idea of ‘doing something different’ and the feeling of ‘we are not alone’ were the driving forces behind it. Most expressed an interest in meeting and sharing stories with other fellow delivery women as a way of releasing their day-to-day struggles and frustrations, as well as to build a sense of community and hope.

The project is developed by MinA – Migrants in Action, King’s College London, in partnership with People’s Palace Projects and Queen Mary University of London and funded by the UKRI – UK Research and Innovation and Arts Council UK.

Exhibition Who’s behind your order?
Brixton House – 4th floor, Brixton House, 385 Coldharbour Ln, London SW9 8GL
7th to 24th June 2023

Foto Paula Siqueira

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