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Studio Egret West invite you join us for an evening event celebrating our latest installation, What Would You Take?
Displaced from home and country, the refugee has often little time to collect possessions and artefacts. Running away from danger, the impetus is to survive, as well as support friends and family. Objects are collected in haste; much is left behind, possibly never to be seen or touched again.
What Would You Take? is an installation by Studio Egret West that responds to this scenario, intending to provoke conversation around the themes of place, possessions, memory and belonging. It explores the relationship between the refugee’s essentials (food and shelter) and the cultural (history, traditions, memories), and what happens once the initial panic is over, where attention turns to connecting back to one’s sense of identity, as well as re-establishing human dignity.
The installation builds on the work by the writer Frances Stonor Saunders, whose collaboration with the Estonian photographer Kaupo Kikkas has resulted in a series of photographs of, and authored pieces by, individuals who are bearers for the memory of migration, as seen through the cherished objects they have chosen for the journey. The installation invites you to walk among the combination of images and words, and question what happens to our personal identity and our needs when we travel from one dimension of our lives to another. What can we take with us, and how do we make the physical and emotional crossing?
Capturing the themes of refugee, place, possession, memory and belonging, guests will be able to experience the installation, with a short introduction by Studio Egret West Founding Director Christophe Egret and writer Frances Stonor Saunders. Light nibbles and drinks will also be served throughout the evening.
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