Digbeth First Friday: spaces of (dis)connection: migrant essential workers launch & DJ Set
Forming one of the most prominent migrant groups in the UK, Polish essential workers served on the frontline of the devastating pandemic, risking their lives to deliver integral public services. Already a chronically insecure workforce in the post-Brexit political landscape, the increased personal and professional demands of pandemic life left many in a state of uncertainty.
Spaces of (dis)connection: migrant essential workers follows a pioneering project conducted by researchers across the University of Glasgow, Middlesex University, and the University of Sheffield, which began in November 2020 to investigate how the pandemic has affected the everyday lives and settlement plans of Polish workers in the UK.
Spaces of (dis)connection: migrant essential workers combines newly commissioned photographic work by Małgorzata Dawidek, Paulina Korobkiewicz, and Sylwia Kowalczyk alongside anonymous testimonies given by Polish essential workers across the UK. The shared dialogue between image and text offers a compelling and complex insight into the turbulence of the past two years for migrant workers, illustrating their immense altruism in the face of adversity.
There will also be a live set from (tbc)
Septemer 2nd from 6pm - late.