Forboding Shores, 2019, archival pigments on Hahnemuhle paper
MOUTH OF A SHARK
Angela Gilmour, Fiona Kelly, David Lilburn and Anna York
18th Nov to 10th Jam 2020
Edinburgh Printmakers, Scotland. Organised by Edinburgh Printmakers and Cork Printmakers
‘Mouth of a Shark’ examines issues around migration, including the tension between free circulation and border control, experiences of displacement and exile, and notions of home. The title of the exhibition is taken from a rallying call for refugees by poet Warsan Shire, who claims that ‘no one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark.’ The works on view respond to Shire’s words, exploring stories behind the ‘migrant crisis’.
The exhibition evokes the ongoing headlines around the ‘migrant crisis’ to illuminate the truth behind fear-mongering reports in which migrants are vilified. It reveals that the current influx of people seeking asylum in Europe is just one symptom of a narrative that has historical roots worldwide. It demonstrates that migration is a key characteristic of modern life.