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"Insomnia: An exhibition of Visual Art, Performance and Writing"
2005-06-19 until 2005-06-26
UK United Kingdom
Insomnia is an exhibition of visual art, performance and writing, organised by the British Red Cross in aid of Refugee Week 2005. Led by the idea that art is one of the most powerful tools which various individuals and groups have used across the globe and throughout centuries to reinvent collective and individual identities and fight against colonialism, racism, and demeaning stereotypes, this project reinforces the idea that art is not a by-product or a way of reflecting society, as it is still often assumed, but an integral part of social, political and cultural construction.
Using insomnia as an analogy for the inability to access a place of security, rest and recuperation, this exhibition aims to provoke thought and discussion around similar experiences ˆ our intention was to create a space where some of these stories could be materialised and through their different forms hopefully receive a wider resonance and recognition. We also hoped that by creating a thematic framework that does not necessarily insist on the political, we would be able, first of all, to allow artists and participants to define their „status‰ in their own terms, and secondly, to encourage new audiences to use their own experiences in order to relate more closely and empathically to the experiences of refugees.
Exhibition brings together the works of a number of refugee and non refugee artists and writers operating within different cultural contexts and artistic forms.
ARTISTS: Fari Bradley and Maryam Hashemi, Alexandra Carambellas, Adam Chodzko, Dzenana Hozic, Cheryl James, Sophie Lascelles, Carlos Jasso, Karin Ludmann, Sophio Medoidze, Monica de Miranda, Sara Preibsch, Jacqui Rodger and David Grange, Anna Sherbany, Leonor da Silva, Suzana Tamamovic, Emma C Wilcox, Zory
PERFORMANCES BY: Rabab Ghazoul, Elena Jovanova, Leibniz, Katherina Radeva
READING BY: Susie Boyt, Bel Mooney and others