Les Voyageurs presents Paul Handley’s new major installation that addresses and challenges notions of déplacement and mass migration.
Traveling to the Greek Island of Lesvos, situated in the northern Aegean Sea the artist documented the piles of discarded life jackets from the estimated 500,000 refugees who made the dangerous journey across the waters from Turkey. The Island of Lesvos was one of the first European landing points for the thousands escaping the humanitarian crisis within the Middle East.
Against a photographic panorama, a large sculptural installation is presented consisting of 180 cheap and flimsy children's life - jackets sourced from China, typically like those supplied by people smugglers to Syrians seeking refuge.
Presented as part of the 2018 Human Rights Arts & Film Festival.
See Counihan Gallery In Brunswick website for public programs and events associated with this exhibition.