From Stateless to Citizen

What is it like to be without a country? To be born a stateless refugee? To have no citizenship, no passport, no place to belong?

Mamoun Abu Naser knows. He was born a Palestinian refugee in Syria, and has lived as a stateless person for his entire life.

Calmness Amidst Chaos

Francesca Aikman is a young artist from the North West of England who lives and works in Amsterdam. She arrived directly after finishing a degree in Fine Art at university in Preston to take up a residency at OT303, and, without her really realizing or planning it,...

Hiraeth Magazine Teaser

Have a peek into our storytelling event, and go behind the scenes as we talk about some of our inspirations and intentions with Hiraeth magazine and podcast.  Documented by Sarah A. Levitt.


Interview with Laura M. Pana at the Hiraeth Poetry Night at Labyrinth Poetry & Cocktail Bar, May 6, 2017 Laura M. Pana is the founder and director of Migrationlab, an organization that co-creates opportunities with and for refugees,...

City In Translation

An Interview with Canan Marasligil at the Hiraeth Poetry Night at Labyrinth Poetry & Cocktail Bar, May 6, 2017   Canan Marasligil is a writer, translator, editor and curator. Her interest is in challenging official narratives and...

Blogger Profile: Bridget of Arabia

As well as posting original pieces created for Hiraeth, we like to also highlight interesting writing going on elsewhere. This series follows bloggers who write about their migrant lives and gives you a peek at some of our favourite posts on their blogs. Name: Bridget...

Home Where I Can Be Foreign

Interview with artist Marta Colpani Having weathered several technological glitches that threatened to keep us apart, Marta Colpani and I are sipping coffee together at the Stedelijk museum – a small white square table between us, still an empty canvas on which we may...

Artist Profile: Anisa Makhoul

Anisa Makhoul is an American illustrator, living in Portland, Oregon.  She is the daughter of a 'Lebanese beekeeper', although she says that there's nothing particularly extraordinary about this fact since "everyone is an immigrant in some way shape or form." Anisa...

Artist Profile: Monica Perez Vega

POMPEII, 50x50 cm, oil on canvas, 2010 "My paintings are simply a metaphor for life.  It's about how we navigate the chaos and find our way..." We begin our weekly Artist Feature segment with the work of Monica Perez Vega, which is fitting as it was she who originally...


  • Hiraeth Ep. 32- The Third Space 06/05/2019
    In this episode, Monica talks to artist Farnaz Gholami. Farnaz is originally from Iran, but has lived in Boston, South Africa and now London. Farnaz talks about how her experience of moving and living in different places has affected her work. She talks about what it means to to find home, neither here nor there, […]
  • Hiraeth Ep. 31- Reckless in Saying Yes 11/02/2019
    Describing herself as a child of "leavers and movers", Alissa Herbaly Coons has spent her life finding home around the world. From age five until the 9th grade, she lived in what she describes as a "very American" suburban neighbourhood in Montana. In high school she suddenly landed in Hungary in the middle of a […]
  • Hiraeth Ep. 30- Choosing to Walk Away 20/12/2018
    Donna Bardsley grew up in a big, warm Mormon family on the west coast of the United States. Even more than her nationality, she considered Mormonism her primary identifier, and couldn’t imagine how to leave, even as the belief system she grew up with felt increasingly irrelevant to her life. For more info visit:
  • Hiraeth Ep. 29- Window To Another Reality 24/09/2018
    ‘I like to think of my work as a window to another reality, perhaps escapist and enchanting, like an hotel room, which is a symbol of a different reality than our daily life; perhaps a dreamlike experience, a place which is a temporary home.’ Michal Raz was born in Jerusalem and in spite of growing […]
  • Hiraeth Ep. 28- Coming of Age in Trump's America 16/07/2018
    I had the pleasure of talking to two very astute young ladies. My daughter Luna and her friend Okxana. Both are 19 years old and go to college in Los Angeles, California. Luna has grown up between Europe and California. She lives in LA with her mom during the school year and, with her brother, […]

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