In a couple of weeks
I'll be taking part of a show that opens in Angered, Gothenburg Sweden,
together with Phoebe Boswell and Aysan. All three of us have moved across borders. Our works contain narratives about the movements of people, migrating to find a new place, home, existence. About fleeing, about the longing for freedom. 26 September - 24 October ESTER SVENSSON is Swedish, born in
Pakistan and now lives in London. Her work is influenced by the
landscapes and cultures she has lived in or passed through. Ester
Svensson describes travelling or migrating people and how the sense of
identity, belonging and home is in constant change. http://estersvensson.com/
A seven meter long portrait of the tram ride between Linnéplatsen och
Angered. Phoebe Boswell is an award-winning visual artist who was born
in Kenya, grew up in the Middle East and now lives and works in London.
She makes multimedia installations, animations, and drawings. Phoebe
Boswell is also invited by GIBCA to participate in the biennial program. http://www.phoebeboswell.com/
AYSAN' s art studies in Iran was interrupted because she expressed
political opinions. When she fled to Sweden she left also her art work
behind. Here in Gothenburg she will create new pictures.
Photo: Ester Svensson, A journey.
GIBCA - Göteborgs Internationella Konstbiennal is held every other year
and is one of the leading art biennials in the Northern countries.
On September 14th, Theresa May will be attending a meeting of the EU's 28 member states for emergency talks on Europe’s escalating refugee crisis.
It is vital that she takes with her the conviction that the British people that she represents are open to helping refugees and that we can’t continue to allow thousands to die trying to reach the EU and their legal right to claim asylum.
We have to ensure that refugees can reach Europe safely. There needs to be either official safe transport provided, or if people could apply for asylum from outside the EU they would be able to enter by official routes.
We need to prioritise the fast processing of asylum claims from people from particularly dangerous regions, such as Syria.
We can’t allow any EU countries to close their borders or build fences. There needs to be Europe-wide consensus on providing help where it is so desperately needed, relieving pressure on the Mediterranean countries.
This Thursday (13th August), Rosanna Martin and i will be giving a talk at the Kiln Rooms, an open-access ceramics studio that recently opened in Peckham, as part of their Professional development programme!
The address is Unit 9C, Copeland Park, 133 Rye Lane, London SE15 3SN.
Starts at 7pm with drinks.
from No One Owns The Land, 2014. Photo by Nigel Green
On Saturday I'll be selling some bicycle mugs in Copeland Yard by the Bussey Building in Peckham. Our little one will be there to attract the customers. We'll be sharing our stall with the lovely Bimba Champion, who makes brilliant hand printed cards and tea-towels (amongst other things).
So if you're in the area please pop by to see us! 1-6pm.