Who is? Exhibition
Civic Room, 22 June - 2 July 2017
Working with water as an object, artist Iman Tajik has created multiple videos showing everyday life, obscured by water talking about the European migrant crisis, which over the last couple of years has seen a surge of people entering the continent. Many people are refugees fleeing conflict and dream of a safer and better life.
We see them landing on beaches and massing at the borders, trying to seek asylum in different countries. Some people never make it that far though, but end up dying in their attempt of getting a better life, stopped by human made borders. Of those who arrive, some will sometime be kept waiting, for anywhere between a month and multiple years.
Through audio recordings from Glasgow Night Shelter, artist Jonas Jessen Hansen has been interviewing people from two different groups. One being the volunteers trying to help where they can, and the other being asylum seekers, who have fled wars, foreign or domestic, for the best chance of survival; they are left in a state of limbo awaiting a future.
This exhibition took part of Scottish Refugee Festival 2017
Monday 19th June – Sunday 2nd July 2017
Scottish Refugee Festival
Isle of Bute, 27 - 29 October 2017
This exhibition was created in partership with Emma Thomas and Aidan Canavan, and showcasing work about issues of migrations and providing a space for open conversation surrounding the current refugee and migrant crisis. Symbolised by a white flag embellished with the words “Who are they? Who are we?”, the profound display of artworks will speak about the invisible borders that the human race have managed to create throughout history. After the EU referendum and the US election, the flags will act as a catalyst to discuss global division and the “growing fear of the stranger”. During the exhibition a workshop was held. The workshop was exploring issues surrounding refugee and migration through writing. The workshop was run by Loll Junggeburth who is the editor of RAUM, an international poetry magazine based in Glasgow.
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