Call me by my name

Call me by my name: stories from Calais and beyond, Londonewcastle Project Space, 28 Redchurch Street, London E2, until 22nd June 2016

Red Carpet (2015) (c) Paul Evans

Red Carpet (2015)
(c) Paul Evans

Congratulations to the Migration Museum Project for arranging this multi-media exhibition in a month that sees both Refugee Week and the EU Referendum.

Migration is certainly a hot topic in English politics as the Remain and Leave campaigns very frequently remind us. Perhaps a moment to reflect on what the word means is appropriate.

Husham’s Tent (2015) (c) Mary Turner

Husham’s Tent (2015)
(c) Mary Turner

The word migration can be used to describe the movement of people from one area or country to another.  People moving from regional areas of Britain to London (or vice versa) could be considered as migrants.  In some rural areas people buying properties to live in an area they do not originate from are described as incomers.  Yet there is not so much of a furore about such “migrations”.

Wanderers (2016) (c) Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen

Wanderers (2016)
(c) Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen

The shanty town at Calais engenders many responses and reactions from good to bad to indifferent and this exhibition allows us to get a real glimpse of what the life of the camp’s inmates is like. Sue McAlpine, the show’s curator says of it: “Visitors will journey physically and emotionally through the space, seeing refugees and migrants emerging from a nameless bunch to named individuals, neither victims nor angels but each with their own story to tell”.

As someone who fits the description of being a migrant I warmly recommend this exhibition to you.

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