Internationally Renowned Artist Sheds Light on Migration
From 6th March – 3rd May, The Art House will present a new exhibition of work by Spanish artist Juan delGado. Altered Landscapes is an immersive multimedia installation, combining video, photography, light and sound to trace the journeys of migrants and refugees across Europe.
Reflecting on themes of trauma, displacement, narrative and landscape, in Altered Landscapes delGado presents fragments of experiences and fleeting moments that tell the human stories of people caught in the unfolding sweep of history.
Inspired by the novella The Metamorphosis (1915) by Czech writer Franz Kafka, and the anxiety ridden B-movie The Incredible Shrinking Man (1956), the project centres on the personal diary of a narrator, a European subject, who describes how his human identity is gradually eroded and transformed as a response to the suffering he sees.
To make Altered Landscapes, delGado travelled to Greece, Macedonia and Calais to film, photograph and record the journeys taken by refugees. Rather than filming or photographing the people he met directly, delGado recorded the places they passed through and the traces they left behind as they travelled to find safety.Selected to take part in The Art House Some Times residency programme during March 2017, delGado will work collaboratively with refugees and asylum seekers through Wakefield City of Sanctuary. The work produced during this time will be displayed alongside Altered Landscapes in April 2017.
City of Sanctuary is a UK-wide grassroots movement working to foster a culture of hospitality for people seeking sanctuary. Since starting in Sheffield in 2007, over 90 towns and cities across the UK have become part of the movement, showing their commitment to people seeking sanctuary, helping them integrate into their local communities and celebrating their contributions to society.
Quote from David Gilbert, Programme Producer at The Art House
‘We are delighted to be showing Juan’s powerful work in Wakefield and working in partnership with Wakefield City of Sanctuary to support refugees and asylum seekers in the City. Juan’s exhibition at The Art House vividly puts the viewer in the place of a refugee travelling to the West, metaphorically walking in their footsteps and reliving their experiences. While he is in residence with us through March Juan will collect and share the stories of refugees and asylum seekers, giving a voice to people who do not have one, and helping the people of Wakefield to understand them and their cultures.’
The main video installation is accompanied by an audio description available through headphones, and is screened with captions at regular intervals. BSL interpretation will be provided at the talk on Wednesday 29 March.
Altered Landscapes is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Artist Juan delGado has been awarded an INSIDE commission from New Art Exchange and DASH. INSIDE is a Disability Arts commissioning programme led by DASH with funding from Arts Council England.