Rebecoming brings together newly commissioned
works from four artists Virglio Ferreira, Henrik Malmstr̦m, Tereza
Zelenkova and Lucy Levene. Focusing on migration patterns between
1950 and 1980 from southern to central and northern Europe, it
depicts fragments of the stories and environments of individuals
who left their countries of birth to start a new life in new lands
due to economic reasons.
The works explore issues related to family, labour, mobility,
boundary, cultural heritage and social expectation. They also
connect to instances of courage, upheaval, opportunity, unfreedom,
self-respect, heroism and the dream of returning 'home', not
withdrawing exploitation and poverty; the ultimate capitalistic
ethic. By offering personal visions of lived
experience, Rebecoming examines the
contradictory nature of how the stage for temporary migration often
Collectively the artists in Rebecoming offer
insight into the complexities of the migrant experience at a
charged and contentious moment in the evolution of modern Europe.
It is an ode to those travellers who dared to make the journey, for
better or worse.
This exhibition has been organised in association with 1000
Words Magazine and curated by Tim Clark.