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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30th November 2017 - 28th Feb. 2018
School of Global Studies, University of Sussex
29th November 2017
University of Sussex
17-25 November 2017
Being Human, A festival of the humanities, is led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.
Protestimony will travel from Edinburgh to Norwich for a few days in November. A corner of the Calais jungle will be constructed to give an echo of the camp to visitors in Norwich.
65 The Close, Norwich, NR1 4DH