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Virtual Reality

  Maine to Dadaab  is a VR documentary which tells the story of Shuab Mahat’s return to see his mother and siblings in Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp in Northeastern Kenya, 15 years after resettlement. The project will explore Maine’s relationship to global human migration, asking audiences to consider a more nuanced narrative, one where home and family stretch across continents and movement between them is neither simple nor linear.  Maine to Dadaab is a film by Shuab Mahat and Daniel Quintanilla.

Maine to Dadaab is a VR documentary which tells the story of Shuab Mahat’s return to see his mother and siblings in Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp in Northeastern Kenya, 15 years after resettlement. The project will explore Maine’s relationship to global human migration, asking audiences to consider a more nuanced narrative, one where home and family stretch across continents and movement between them is neither simple nor linear.

Maine to Dadaab is a film by Shuab Mahat and Daniel Quintanilla.


  | AT THE PERIPHERY |  will be featured at the upcoming exhibition  Making Migration Visible: Traces, Tracks & Pathways.  This virtual experience explores the often paradoxical idea of "visibility" as it relates to the immigrant experience. In this virtual journey, one is transported to spaces occupied temporarily or permanently by immigrant communities in Maine: a seasonal blueberry camp, a community farm organized by refugees, a takeout restaurant.  Upon putting on a headset and looking around, the viewer notices that there are no humans pictured in these spaces. | AT THE PERIPHERY | of the headset, "human suggestions" briefly appear, but when the viewer turns to focus on them, they vanish. Through the use of ambisonic 360 audio, a soundscape fills in the gaps of a human presence in each location.  | AT THE PERIPHERY | is created by Daniel Quintanilla ( A Shared Space ), VR powered by Sam Mateosian, Seth W. Klein, Nick Hall and Ian Squiers ( Yarn Corporation ) and on-location production by Shuab Ahmed Mahat & Hilowle Aden ( UnitedYES )

| AT THE PERIPHERY | will be featured at the upcoming exhibition Making Migration Visible: Traces, Tracks & Pathways. This virtual experience explores the often paradoxical idea of "visibility" as it relates to the immigrant experience. In this virtual journey, one is transported to spaces occupied temporarily or permanently by immigrant communities in Maine: a seasonal blueberry camp, a community farm organized by refugees, a takeout restaurant.

Upon putting on a headset and looking around, the viewer notices that there are no humans pictured in these spaces. | AT THE PERIPHERY | of the headset, "human suggestions" briefly appear, but when the viewer turns to focus on them, they vanish. Through the use of ambisonic 360 audio, a soundscape fills in the gaps of a human presence in each location.

| AT THE PERIPHERY | is created by Daniel Quintanilla (A Shared Space), VR powered by Sam Mateosian, Seth W. Klein, Nick Hall and Ian Squiers (Yarn Corporation) and on-location production by Shuab Ahmed Mahat & Hilowle Aden (UnitedYES)


  A Shared Space: Lewiston  is the story of Hilowle and Shuab who grew up in Dadaab, Kenya– the largest refugee camp in the world. Today, both have started families and call Lewiston, Maine home. Raising children in one of the United State’s least diverse states in the wake of the Muslim Ban and rising nationalist sentiments has created challenges neither expected.

A Shared Space: Lewiston is the story of Hilowle and Shuab who grew up in Dadaab, Kenya– the largest refugee camp in the world. Today, both have started families and call Lewiston, Maine home. Raising children in one of the United State’s least diverse states in the wake of the Muslim Ban and rising nationalist sentiments has created challenges neither expected.


Support for A Shared Space, is provided by SPACE Gallery through the Kindling Fund | VR powered by Yarn Corporation | 360° camera kindly provided by Compass Light