Refugee Art: Perception and Reality; Pulchri Studio, The Hague

Myasar Sabounee

Myasar Sabounee

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).

Neyruz Abou Jamra

Neyruz Abou Jamra

Here are some details of works that struck me for one reason or another.

Neyruz Abou Jamra

Neyruz Abou Jamra

In spite of the title only about one third of the exhibiting artists are refugees.

Farouk Mohammed

Farouk Mohammed

The other two thirds show you pretty much what you may expect in a bit of a messy show.

Farouk Mohammed

Farouk Mohammed

However, I very much sympathise with Pulchri’s solidarity to show art by refugees-artists.

Talal Shkeifeh

Talal Shkeifeh

Some of them are already living here for years, others only just arrived.

Talal Shkeifeh

Talal Shkeifeh

I hope the next step for the latter will be to become artists again and not refugees-artists.

Mohammed Aglah

Mohammed Aglah

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.

Ferial Kheradpicheh

Ferial Kheradpicheh

And that is another pitfall of this exhibition that needs more reflection, in spite of the sympathetic initiative.

Ferial Kheradpicheh

Ferial Kheradpicheh

[Click on the pictures to enlarge]

Contents of the pictures courtesy the artists and Pulchri Studio

 

Bertus Pieters

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