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London based multi-media artist Caroline Burraway has been responding to the refugee crisis since 2015 – filming and collecting research material in refugee camps across Europe (including the Jungle in Calais, Eleonas Camp in Athens and Moria Camp in Lesvos) – which she uses as source material for installations, video and large-scale drawings. For the Refugee Week, she presents two recent video works filmed on location in the Aegean Sea.
20 June 6.30pm
A horizon melts and forms as a promised world rises and falls out of view on the waves. Abandoned, the sea is everywhere – it never sleeps. Precarious was filmed on location in the Aegean Sea between the coast of Lesvos, Greece and Turkey where more than 20,000 people have been reported dead or missing since 2014 as they attempt the treacherous boat journey to Europe, fleeing war, persecution and poverty.
The ebbing sun plays its last strands across the glassy water. Bodies bob and jerk as intimates and strangers, bound by the common tongue of escape, float towards European shores. They are carried by the currents of dispossession and displacement – the final step of a perilous journey to reach a land of dreams. Filmed on location in the Aegean Sea between the shores of Turkey and Lesvos, Greece of the 11km journey taken since 2015 by many thousands of migrants, overlaid with images of recent chemical warfare in Syria.
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