I attended the exhibition with knowledge of the family reunion process from a legal perspective.
In short, family reunion is an application by a partner or child to join a family member in the UK. The application cannot be made until after the family member who has reached the UK is granted refugee status or humanitarian protection in the UK.
When families have to leave their homes and countries they are not always able to remain as an intact family unit. Family members will sometimes keep in touch and then reunite; or, if through their circumstances they lose contact they may take steps to again reunite.
The family reunion process is often lengthy and success dependent on the information and paperwork which families who have left their home and country are able to provide. The British Red Cross assisted all of the families photographed.
Documentary photographer Conor Ashleigh was commissioned to capture each family's experiences of separation, reunion and building a new life. The stories of each family are told in a way that is both interesting and engaging.
Attending this exhibition was a useful reminder of the value of documentary photography in addition to the written word. I would encourage anyone with an interest in this area to get along to the exhibition.