Get an insight into the conditions experienced by many refugees with Refuge/e, a new project that gives a first-hand sense of Syrian refugee lives in the Middle East.
Syrians who flee to neighbouring Lebanon are provided with a ‘New Arrivals Kit’ by UNHCR: basic materials for a shelter that they must build and reinforce themselves. The artists learned first-hand how people coped with this challenge, then shipped a shelter kit and local materials back to the UK to make this reconstruction.
The tent is furnished with plaster and brass castings of possessions typically found in these homes and is covered with old plastic advertising boards, now used for insulation. Through the space you can listen to refugees speaking about their daily experiences of living for years in tents or shells of buildings, struggling for normality in displacement.
An installation by AMP Art
Supported by Arts Council England, the British Council, Holman Fenwick Willan, the A M Qattan Foundation, the Art Fund and individual donations.