THE IMAGINATION ACTS website has been created by Anne Yarwood, resident in Ascot for over 50 years, to show how individuals CAN effect change… can DO something about their concerns, in an imaginative way.
Welcome to our March 2020 edition :-
The following section on Migration is what I wrote a few weeks ago. Now, in these difficult times, I wish to add these words:-
”Let everything happen to you
Beauty and terror
Just keep going
No feeling is final”
Rainer Maria Rilke
It’s felt IMPORTANT to write NOW about MIGRATION. It waves a big Flag in Western democracies’ elections. An equally strong thought is my anxiety about my ignorance . So what’s on the following pages is one person’s deep concern about other individual’s struggle for safe Refuge. From the freedom ,safety …good life of HERE…to the DESPERATION of the MIGRANT….From the launching pad of possibilities where I live…to the desolate homelessness of an old woman, like me, right now in Syria. The statistics and the photographs all drift through our minds .They rarely embed into our consciousness.
BLOG : So I start with one woman’s over-boiling in the Blog – HERE
STORY : The Stories on Migration give facts between human stories – HERE
WAKEUP : one man’s inspirational actions from the Kutapalong Refugee Camp in Bangladesh – HERE
GALLERY : Images in the Gallery reminds us of the history of many of us through the ages; the heroic leaps into the unknown, fleeing the life-threatening known – HERE
CLIMATE CHANGE : I continue the search for information aiming to find evidence of direct connections between Climate Change and migration – HERE
ELSEWHERE : I close in Elsewhere with Maya Angelou’s poem ,written for the United Nations in 1955 – HERE
STOP PRESS :– ‘Thank god for immigrants’: the artist, Jeremy Deller creates poster to raise funds for refugees and food banks – the poster pays homage to the foreign workers who have carried on working during the coronavirus crisis.
Jeremy Deller has responded to the corona virus crisis with Thank God for Immigrants, an A2 print designed with Fraser Muggeridge, designed to be displayed specifically in windows and not on walls. “I hope, like with a lot of things I do that it speaks for itself” Deller says. “It’s probably to do with seeing the photographs of the doctors and nurses who have died in the last week—all of whom I imagine, if not immigrants themselves, have come from immigrant backgrounds. These are also the people left on the streets who are doing the jobs that nobody else is doing: making deliveries and stacking the supermarket shelves. This situation is going to reconfigure how we view immigration but also class and status and wealth and your value in society—all these things have totally inverted our value system.”
The A2 print, sells for £25 in the UK, with the proceeds split between two charities: Refugee Action, which supports refugees and asylum seekers struggling with the asylum process, poverty and homelessness and The Trussel Trust. which supports a nationwide network of food banks throughout the UK. Please see here – BUY A POSTER HERE .
Sally and I invite any stories of your own which you’d wish to add to this collection of LIVED EXPERIENCES
Email to :- email@example.com ) – let us know if you wish these to be anonymous.
The Summer edition of TIA will be “AND SO WE CAME TOGETHER” : creative inspirations of solidarity, in love… during the present challenge to humanity.
For the past three years Sally Dillon and I have been creating the website THE IMAGINATION ACTS (TIA). The complex newsletter extols individual and group imaginative action. TIA with little publicity, is viewed globally by around 500 readers: with 8 -10 editions a year. theimaginationacts.co.uk
In the doing, I have become increasingly aware of the importance of STORIES.
Recently, making a video and book, on the theme of “Transit Lounge”: the living space where you await death…I am determining that the next move will be TIA PUBLISHING. Small scale editions ( 50 pamphlets, depending on reader interests) of inspirational STORIES FROM LIFE Also there will be digital editions on-line.
TIA PUB will be in touch…
Warm greetings to you all and we hope you find ‘MIGRATION’ interesting.
Anne Yarwood and Sally Dillon