RECKONING WITH REFUGEEDOM
by Mei Yuk Wong (Hong Kong)
Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays
26 September – 19 October
AN ARTREACH COMMISSION IN
PARTNERSHIP WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF
MANCHESTER AND FUNDED BY THE ARTS
AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL
Fragments shares the hidden voice of refugees in history and offers us the chance to reflect on their stories in relation to experiences today.
This new work has been created in response to historical petitions, letters and personal correspondence from 1919 - 1975 found in archives around the world. The work offers a snapshot into the lives and personal experiences of refugees, and deals with the frustration that, at this point in time, we are unable to find closure within these stories. Through exploring this archival material, the artist and researchers have been left with many unanswered questions that they would have liked to ask the refugees directly.
“In the end” Mei Yuk Wong, the artist, said “I have to admit that all these elements are only fragments. We won’t be able to see the whole picture. The images and audio that visitors encounter are broken pieces”.
The fragmented nature of these stories is reflected in the installation through printed textiles embedded with transferred images from research and online materials including photographs of archives, letters, papers, notes, newspaper cuttings, and forms. The sound work which fills the space splinters this material further creating a multi-sensory environment. The audience is invited to reflect on the experience of the researcher in the archive searching for threads to follow.
The work responds to archive material from around the world that has been discovered by Reckoning with Refugeedom, a research project led by The University of Manchester, Department of History.
An ArtReach commission in partnership with The University of Manchester and funded by The Arts And Humanities Research Council.
Hosted at PS Mirabel, an artist run project and exhibition space in the centre of Manchester.
Open every Saturday 11.00am to 5.00pm and by appointment.
Mirabel Studios, 14/20 Mirabel Street
Manchester. M3 1PJ
TIMES AND LOCATION
6.00pm – 9.00pm
Thursdays 2.00pm – 6.00pm
Fridays 2.00pm – 6.00pm
Saturdays 11.00am – 5.00pm
14/20 Mirabel Street, M3 1PJ