Olivier Kugler

Reportage illustratation from Iraqi Kurdistan, Greece, France, England, Germany & Switzerland

Olivier Kugler is a reportage illustrator based in London who we worked with in 2021 on The Great British Fish and Chips, a project he undertook with writer Andrew Humphreys.

Commissioned by Counterpoints Arts as part of our Across Borders programme, in partnership with Turner Contemporary and Canterbury Cathedral, the work explores everyday stories of migration connected to Kent’s most celebrated high street food.

Pictures from around Kent, telling stories of Fish & Chip shops owners and customers, are beinge displayed on the exterior walls at Turner Contemporary from June 2021 as part of the Across Borders programme funded by Comic Relief.

There will also be an exhibition at Canterbury Cathedral.

Fish & Chips can be traced back to Huguenot and Jewish arrivals in the UK and people from all over the world continue to be central to the farming and fishing industries and the high street shops.

Previously we supported Olivier with the development of his project: Escaping War and Waves.

Published in the UK by Myriad in June 2018, Escaping War and Waves is a collection of reportage drawings documenting the circumstances of Syrian refugees Olivier met on assignments in Iraqi Kurdistan, Greece and France for Médecins Sans Frontières, as well as drawings of Syrians he met in England, Germany and Switzerland.

His drawings are peppered by speech from the conversations around him as well as those he is interviewing.

We have exhibited Olivier’s work at the British Museum and in Hoxton and it has been featured in The Guardian, Harper’s, XXI, New York Times, New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Le Monde Diplomatique, Internazionale, Süddeutsche Zeitung and elsewhere.

Image: Olivier (right) with Andrew Humpheys at the launch of The Great British Fish & Chips at Turner Contemporary. Credit: John Sainsbury