Andromachi Papaioannou is a Social Anthropologist, working mainly with migrants and refugees, using storytelling as a means of expression. She holds a BA in Political Science from Aristotle University, a MA in Social Anthropology from LSE, and a PhD in International Cooperation and Sustainable Development Policies from the University of Bologna, with a focus on Anthropology and Migration and most specifically on the notions of citizenship, identity and belonging among youth of Sub-Saharan African background in Athens. Since 2010, she has been working on migration issues and most specifically on second generation issues both as a researcher and a social activist. She was actively involved with Generation 2.0 RED –being a co-founder of the NGO- and has a long experience in migration policies and legislation, consultancy, intercultural mediation and advocacy. In May 2016 she joined UNHCR and started being actively involved in refugee issues.
Andromachi is using storytelling to connect with people, while travelling around the world for personal or other projects. Her artistic background in dance, aerial acrobatics and performing along with her passion for photography and drawing add up to the means she uses to create the necessary space for expression while working with either children or adults.
During her artist residency in Santa Fe Art Institute, she plans to conduct research and collect stories of relocated refugees from around the world in New Mexico. Aim of the “Me: Here and There” project is to explore the notions of womanhood and manhood and how they are experienced in the host country by relocated refugees from around the world, taking into consideration two major variables, “otherness” and labor. What does it mean to be a woman and a man both in the host and home country shall be explored via storytelling, participant observation and photography/short video/audio recordings. Using storytelling also as a means of empowerment, issues related to culture, language, religion, gender identity, legal status, physical appearance and access to the labor market shall be explored. The mixed media produced during the 3 month artist residency program shall take the form of an exhibition. First goal of the project after its successful completion in the USA, would be the exhibition with the stories collected and the audiovisual material produced to travel to Greece. Second goal would be the duplication of the project in Greece, focusing this time on the refugee population there.