Exhibition Description

Organized by Asia Justice & Rights and SEA Junction, the A Life Once Had, A Dream of Hope exhibition will be held at SEA Junction, 4th floor, BACC tocommemor ate International Women’s Day from 7-14 March 2023. The exhibition was display a series of collective quilts from the Rohingya women’s embroideries in Kutupalong Camp Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

Since March 2019, Asia Justice and Rights (AJAR) and the Liberation War Museum (LWM) of Bangladesh have been conducting documentation work using participatory action research with more than 120 women in the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar. The process involved sewing activities in sharing their stories and healing while building solidarity and peer support among women survivors.

Using embroidery as a medium, a group of Rohingya women refugees have depicted their life stories, focusing on their exodus from Myanmar in the face of atrocities. The embroidery expresses their hopes, dreams, & memories – a response to being survivors of genocide and the challenges they face living in the refugee camp. Through this exhibition, we hope to build solidarity and promote human rights for the Rohingya.

The quilt exhibition “A Life Once Had, A Dream of Hope: Stories of Women from the Rohingya Refugee Camps” was launched with a discussion in  March 7, 2023, 5.30-7.00 pm at SEA Junction, 4th floor, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC).

Photo credit: Lattapol Jirapathomsakul and Kelly Khin