Time and Tide - Unidentified vessel in the North Sea Biff Vernon
Time and Tide
"There's no refugee crisis, but only human crisis. In dealing with refugees we've lost our very basic values. In this time of uncertainty, we need more tolerance, compassion and trust for each other since we all are one. Otherwise, humanity will face an even bigger crisis."Ai Weiwei.
From the National Gallery in Prague. Ai Weiwei has made a film, soon to be released. Here's the official trailer: Human Flow. and, for some background, here's a film about Ai Weiwei made by the BBC in 2010 Without Fear or Favour. He now works in Berlin and has, for the last two years, been using his art to address the Mediterranean refugee crisis. Here's a recent article.
She Loved, Loved and Loved ~ Kate Genever
Venice, Funeral Vessel ~ Kate Genever
Nets Nos. 1,2 & 3 ~ Anastasia Lewis
On talking to people in Cyprus, he had come away with a curiously disturbing story from some fishermen. They had explained how their lives had changed recently; how they were now fearful when they went onto the beaches and when they cast their nets from their boats, fearful that fish would not be the only bodies caught.
Slave Ship - Tom Thompson
A ship made out of nails hammered into an old railway sleeper. The sleeper had been creosoted and when planed the grain appeared like the waves of the sea.
The nails represent the number of migrants who lost their lives crossing the Mediterranean sea in one single day.
Approaching Vessel - Tom Thompson
"one day the white man came..." - Harriott Bland
detail - Harriott Bland
An old box from Sorrento with the Flight to Egypt on the lid. - Harriott Bland
My 1st cousin 4 times removed, Jane Digby, a refugee in the 1800s black-balled by the rest of Europe, found a home and marriage to a Syrian. She is buried in Damascus (she died after 25 years there) Syria having given her a home. - Harriott Bland
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