MOUTH OF A SHARK
This is an exhibition to move slowly around and digest. Let the works sink in and feel the weight of centuries of culture and history and examine what still exists even in the smallest hint of a word or gesture. Through sensitive research and transforming appropriated imagery, you can get the sense of how language and images infuse everything from politics to culture to trade.
- Julie Boyne artmag review
18th Nov to 5th Jan 2020
Edinburgh Arts Festival
Edinburgh Printmakers, Scotland.
Organised by Edinburgh Printmakers and Cork Printmakers, part of a Scotland/Europe programme supported by the British Council and Creative Scotland
‘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.
Ghost Pier, Pyramiden,
Abandoned Power Station, Pyramiden
Archival pigments on Hahnemuhle photo rag 308gms paper.