Saturday, 12 September 2015

Resor // Journeys

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.

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.

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.

This exhibition is a part of the biennials satellite program GIBCA Extended.

Click here for the event details!

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Solidarity with Refugees

Image from No One Owns the Land, Rosanna Martin & Ester Svensson 2014
In London this Saturday 12th September, there will be a demonstration in 
Solidarity with Refugees.

Starting from Marble Arch at 12:00, we will march to Downing Street.

You can find all the information here.

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.