Another Crossing is the project by artists Giovanna Del Sarto and Bern O’Donoghue which examines the European humanitarian crisis through a combination of photography, installation, and discussion. Their practice tracks experiences of precarious living, inviting their audience to embark on a journey which challenges stereotypes whilst simultaneously encouraging constructive debate.
Open day: Friday 3 November, 3pm-6pm
Artist meet & greet: Monday 11 December, 6pm-8pm
Exhibition runs from Saturday 4 November 2017 until January 2018
Opening times: Monday to Sunday, 9am-5pm
Giovanna Del Sarto
Since 2015, documentary photographer Giovanna Del Sarto has recorded the refugee crisis through her unique project, A Polaroid for a Refugee. Troubled by the way refugees are depicted in the news, she felt compelled to represent them as individuals restoring some dignity to how they are seen. Asking her subjects to pose, but not giving them any direction on how to do so, she snaps Polaroid photographs that not only document the current situation of these refugees but gives them a gift—as each is also given a photograph in exchange.
More about Giovanna
A Polaroid for a Refugee depicts points of transition in the lives of individual refugees. The Polaroids reflect the inner strength and dignity maintained by refugees during their long and harrowing journeys. For every Polaroid I take, I give one to the refugee as a reminder of the moment, and on the back is a simple statement: “Wherever your destination may be – tell me when you feel you have reached a safe place.” This is a message of hope, which, sadly, for some may never be fulfilled.
“Bern O’Donoghue is a visual artist involving members of the public in socially engaged, immersive projects examining the power of words to shape perception. Since 2010 she has explored the concept that small creative acts might change the world. From 2015, her work Dead Reckoning has considered displacement and in particular the plight of those taking the perilous journey to Europe by sea. Focusing on people behind the statistics, she aims to widen the debate on migration and challenge myths regarding refugees and migrants.”
More about Bern
You are invited to join Giovanna Del Sarto and Bern O’Donoghue, in e5 Roasthouse on Monday 11 December from 6pm.
Become part of their artistic process by crafting paper boats with Bern; each one representing a life lost on the journey to Europe – and embroidering photographs with Giovanna; portraits depicting refugees on their perilous journey.
This is also a great opportunity to speak with the artists about their work.
No need to book, just turn up on the night!