Project Refugee

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A couple of weeks ago I stumbled across this exhibition not having heard anything about it previously. I found it profoundly moving and thought provoking.

Apparently there are 65 million refugees in the world the same number as inhabitants of the UK. A Refugee shelter was brought over from Lebanon and built in the gallery space. The objects that you might expect to find in a shelter were cast in plaster and placed inside. Some objects were cast in bronze and my reading of them is that they are objects that are desirable but not available. At several points there were head phones to listen to stories from refugees about how their situation impacted on things like education, health, family and contraception amongst other things. A great deal of food for thought.

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