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Who this event is for

  • Everyone


Abercrombie Building, The Glass Tank, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site


Who are you? How is your identity formed, and how are you treated because of it? What happens when a part of your identity is illegal or is used as grounds for persecution? Does your identity change if you’re forced to flee your home?

Identity is the centrepiece of the 16th annual Oxford Human Rights festival. Focusing and exploring themes of identity in terms of gender, sexuality, nationality, race, ability, class, wealth and religious beliefs and look at how each of these facets of who we are have been, and are, used as reasons for persecution across the world and here in the UK.

The exhibition and festival are presented by students from the School of Architecture's MA course in Development and Emergency Practice, together with students from across the University. 

Identity will consist of a series of lunchtime lectures, an open mic poetry night, and a launch party for the festival. 

Alongside an elaborative programme of events, Identity showcases photography by Andrew McNeill which focuses on Homelessness. The images in the exhibition were taken only three years ago and show a sobering insight into the issues humanity faces on a global scale.

Andrew McNeill is a humanitarian photographer concentrating on the human condition. In 2014, he began work on a project entitled Under the Bridge, a digital documentary that explores the disenfranchised of the urban population of his hometown. Under the Bridge was sponsored by the Arts Council of Wales.

He has also worked alongside NGOs throughout Asia and in some of India's worst slums. 15 years ago, Andrew made what was to become countless trips to the Asian continent. Traveling light and with just a camera, he began to seek out the most interesting faces he could find. Born and raised in Cardiff, Wales (UK).

For more information on Andrew please follow this link to his website: