Les Voyageurs

Les Voyageurs

Paul Handley

Exhibition: Friday 27 April – Sunday 27 May 2018 

Opening: Thursday 26 April, 6 - 8 pm

Les Voyageurs presents Paul Handley’s new major installation that addresses and challenges notions of déplacement and mass migration.

Travelling to the Greek Island of Lesvos, situated in the northern Aegean Sea the artist documented the piles of discarded life jackets from the estimated 500,000 refugees who made the dangerous journey across the waters from Turkey. The Island of Lesvos was one of the first European landing points for the thousands escaping the humanitarian crisis within the Middle East.

Against a photographic panorama, a large sculptural installation is presented consisting of 180 cheap and flimsy children's life - jackets sourced from China, typically like those supplied by people smugglers to Syrians seeking refuge.

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Presented as part of the 2018 Human Rights Arts and Film Festival.

For public programs relating to this exhibition see our Talks, Forums and Workshops page.

Image: Paul Handley, Déplacement (Smuggling Pod) 2017. Steel, life jackets, 200 cm diameter x 100 cm. Courtesy of the artist.  

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