I visited Refugee Art: Perception and Reality at Pulchri to write a review about it for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the review and see some extra footage (in Dutch; it is combined with a review of shows at Maurits van de Laar gallery and Nest).
Here are some details of works that struck me for one reason or another.
In spite of the title only about one third of the exhibiting artists are refugees.
The other two thirds show you pretty much what you may expect in a bit of a messy show.
However, I very much sympathise with Pulchri’s solidarity to show art by refugees-artists.
Some of them are already living here for years, others only just arrived.
I hope the next step for the latter will be to become artists again and not refugees-artists.
After all, art should be judged on its own merits and not on the fact that it is made by a refugee, in spite of that being part of the story.
And that is another pitfall of this exhibition that needs more reflection, in spite of the sympathetic initiative.
[Click on the pictures to enlarge]
Contents of the pictures courtesy the artists and Pulchri Studio