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This is not
An exhibition that questions what it means to work with immigration stories
This exhibition can be viewed online here
This is not a chance encounter
Tisa Neža Herlec
Leicester city centre and online
12-30 August 2022
As part of Journeys Festival International
This is not a chance encounter is an outdoor and online exhibition that brings together 9 artists to question what it means to work with immigration stories for art projects. The exhibition looks at encounters that don't happen by chance, and follows the traces of immigration policies that result in displacement globally.
‘Semper 4º’ explores experiences of alienation related to migration and displacement through four looping scenarios: the astronaut floating in space, the satellite’s view of earth, the deep-sea diver on the ocean’s floor and a shifting series of doors and doorways. The title of the work connects to Gottfried Semper’s book ‘The Four Elements of Architecture'.
The project began with the symbol of the doorway - representative of every passageway that an individual goes through within their lives architecturally and psychologically (doors to the subconscious or doorways as metaphors for birth and death). The two figures of the astronaut and the deep-sea diver are mirrors to one another, both individuals isolated by circumstance that exist on the fringes of what’s familiar (I also really like the dynamic of the phrase ‘as above so below’). The choice to use satellite imagery was both directly connected to the perspective of the astronaut looking down on earth and also inspired by the account @mappppamondo on Instagram, which lead me to scour and screenshot google earth as my aerial resource. The satellite’s sequence itself collages together geographically specific landscapes on a global scale: coastlines, cities, industry, agriculture and deserts.
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