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Beyond Place: Diasporan creative placemaking

Ruth Smith


This paper explores the case of the Somali diaspora and an artmaking initiative with young Somali women to offer an example of how art educators can engage with creative placemaking with community members belonging to a refugee diaspora. By considering placement rather than displaced aspects of diaspora and attending to the interplay of difference and identity negotiation, this paper offers strategies for crafting spaces for aesthetic engagement including exhibiting difference, artmaking as interruption, and resistance to the present. 


diaspora creative placemaking; community arts; Somali women’s identity; narrative participatory photography

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