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"Leave to Remain: Experiences of Refugee and/or Asylum Seeker in the UK"
2003-06-16 until 2003-06-22
Central Space, ACAVA
USA United States of America
Leave to Remain explores and represents the experience of being a refugee and/or asylum seeker in the UK, through contemporary visual art. The exhibition sets out to provide visibility for participating artists who are refugees, asylum seekers, or have experienced a similar situation. This poignant show will not only communicate, explore and represent their experiences, opinions and questions but will also aim to challenge the parameters of ‘refugee art’.
‘I hope the exhibition will stimulate debate around such issues as the representation and marginalisation of refugee artists, on labeling and terminology, on the difficulties and the joys of being an artist in a different culture to your own, on belonging and not-belonging, exclusion and inclusion, on loss, but also on discovery’, says the curator and organizer, Margareta Kern.
From brocades made in Tibet to reconstructed shirts, made from the originals from charity shops in London's high street; from an installation that permeates the entire space with ‘snippets of everyday refugee thought’, to paintings that deal with the immediate dialog with environment in attempt to recover certain historical omissions, Leave to Remain promises to make challenging and poignant statements about ‘the other’ and its search for rediscovery.
Its pun on the impermanence of stay in the UK through the name of ‘leave to remain’, signifying a visa, is curious and inventive. On this occasion, this eclectic show has been granted a week stay in Central Space, an independent exhibition space, part of ACAVA studios.
The exhibition will run as part of Refugee Week, a weeklong event in June aimed at showcasing the contribution the refugee community makes to the cultural diversity of the UK.
Participating artists: Belma Lugic´, Edita Marelic´, Gonkar Gyatso, Jesus Panadero-Huerta, Margareta Kern, Mentor Chico Gaibor, Mircea Roman, Mohsen Keiany, Raymond Yap, Rebwar Saed, Suzana Tamamovic´.
© Copyright Gonkar Gyatso , 2003