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Put on a virtual reality headset and accompany Shuab Mahat to Dadaab Refugee Camp in eastern Kenya. Returning to the camp for the first time since being resettled to the United States 15 years ago, Shuab is there to reconnect with his mother, siblings and grandmother. He is trying to understand why his family, along with a quarter of a million other refugees, are stuck in the desert with scarcely any possibility of getting out.   Maine To Dadaab  is a film by Shuab Mahat and Daniel Quintanilla.

Put on a virtual reality headset and accompany Shuab Mahat to Dadaab Refugee Camp in eastern Kenya. Returning to the camp for the first time since being resettled to the United States 15 years ago, Shuab is there to reconnect with his mother, siblings and grandmother. He is trying to understand why his family, along with a quarter of a million other refugees, are stuck in the desert with scarcely any possibility of getting out.

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