Learning first-hand from displaced Syrians, Amp Art, an anthropological art collective, constructed the shelter using a combination of emergency shelter kits and local materials. The tent is furnished with plaster and brass casts of possessions typically found in these homes and is covered with old plastic advertising boards, now used for insulation.
Through the space, visitors will hear the unfiltered voices of refugees speaking about their daily experiences, illustrating the struggle for normality – cooking, cleaning and learning – amid the fragments of displaced lives.
Following its presentation at YSP, Refuge/e
travels to Millennium Gallery Sheffield
(4–9 April) BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead
(12–17 April), and a major London venue to be announced shortly (Refugee Week, 19–25 June).
Supported by Arts Council England, UNHCR, the British Council and the Art Fund.