Shoreditch exhibition tells stories from Calais migrant ‘Jungle’ camp

Jungle Books. Picture: Chris Barrett

Jungle Books. Picture: Chris Barrett - Credit: Archant

With the EU Referendum looming and the polarising issue of immigration taking centre stage in the debate, a new multimedia exhibition will explore the human faces behind the migration crisis.

Call me by my name: stories from Calais and beyond by The Migration Museum Project focuses on perhaps the issue’s most potent and contentious symbol – Calais’s infamous ‘Jungle’ – and runs at Shoreditch’s Londonewcastle Project Space for three weeks starting on Thursday.

Featuring works by established and emerging artists, refugees and camp residents, curator Sue McAlpine explains: “Visitors will journey physically and emotionally through the space, seeing refugees emerging from a nameless bunch to named individuals, neither victims nor angels but each with their own story to tell.

“We hope visitors will come away questioning their response and responsibilities towards current refugee and migration developments.”

A powerful new installation by award-winning artist Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen sits alongside art made in camp ALPHA, as well as an installation of life jackets embedded with the stories of their wearers – all compelling evocations of the issue.

Call me by my name: stories from Calais and beyond runs until June 22 at Londonewcastle Project Space, 28 Redchurch Street, London E2 7DP. Entrance, free.


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