The exhibition, The Migrant (Moving) Image, engages the recent refugee crisis and displacement in general. The show has been divided into chapters representing different aspects of migration. The advantage of this partitioning is the ability to show more art and more perspectives on the subject throughout the exhibition. Presently the program is onto its third chapter called Arrival: Heimweh, Fernweh.
Walking into the exhibition space a big screen featuring People from far away (2014) by the Zimbabwean artist Gerald Machona attracts attention. The video informs its audience on the viewpoint of the ‘other’, someone who ends up in a society far from his own, being excluded because of being different and the relief of finding someone like himself. Spectators with various backgrounds might identify with feeling different and therefore understand this facet of migration.
The only still work is one by Isaac Julien. It is a photograph of a stack of old boats under the sun. While it does not show any tragic imagery of drowned refugees, known from newspapers and social media, it becomes poignant by the suggestion these boats carried large numbers of refugees once. These washed up boats make one wonder if the exiles suffered the same faith or landed safely. Who were they? And where are they now?
Other videos include an examination of the alias author Salman Rushdie chose when he was in hiding, the learning of new languages and urban life determined by change and migration among others. Overall this exhibition offers different perspectives on a present-day issue, not widely represented in mainstream media.
The Migrant (Moving) Image
14 november t/m 24 januari 2016
A Tale of a Tub
Justus van Effenstraat 44
3027 TK Rotterdam
Photographs by author.