The Protestimony exhibition is the fulfilment of IMAGINE’s commitment to use the artwork created in these workshops as a form of political activism: as protest, advocacy and awareness-raising. Protestimony is a visual and interactive art exhibition that aims to communicate an alternative narrative about the “refugee crisis” to a diverse audience in the UK and France. Protestimony challenges the dehumanising and depoliticising anti-refugee and migrant rhetoric of mainstream media using artworks and other material created by refugees who lived in the Calais Jungle.
As the name suggests, Protestimony both records something about refugees in the Jungle, and engages with the problem of representing refugees in the current political context. The exhibition is self-referential, and places different representational strategies alongside one another to demonstrate that there is no simple ‘truth’ about the refugee crisis. Protestimony features documentaries, maps, poems, paintings, sculptures and illustrations alongside interactive art and music projects developed and delivered by former ‘Jungle’ residents. The artwork is displayed inside makeshift shelters, constructed just as they were in the Jungle. This provides an interactive experience, while emphasising the ethical limitations of this type of witnessing.
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