“An important contribution to one of the most current topics”
Peter Heslip, Director of Visual Arts, Arts Council England
“Juan delGado captures traces of people fleeing”
Mathilda Svensson, Göterborg Poston
Socially-engaged artist Juan delGado has travelled to Greece, Macedonia, and Calais to record the journeys taken by refugees. But rather than focus on capturing these ‘invisible’ people, his protagonists are the places that they have passed through.
The project is a journey. As a storyteller, the artist recounts an intimate experience of travelling through an unfamiliar landscape through which the real life experience of thousands of refugees reverberates.
As the Berlin Wall once symbolised a division, today the Mediterranean Sea seems to play a similar role as a barrier. A new border has been formed that the refugee cannot straddle but is now forced to navigate. An apparently ‘invisible’ frontier that contrasts leisure, wealth and glamour for some with the harsh reality of becoming a refugee for others. The beautiful background of the Mediterranean bears witness to the trauma and displacement of the people who continue to move through it.
In his work delGado presents powerful fragments of experiences and fleeting moments that tell the human story of people caught in the unfolding sweep of history.
Somewhere Else is supported by Counterpoints Arts and all profits go to Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants.
The exhibition is part of international art show CROSSROADS – visit the website for exact timings.
Please note the private view on Thursday 6 October is by invitation only.