Everyone has a view about migrants and refugees, but what's it like to become one? That's the central theme of a powerful new exhibition by Ana Čvorović.
Borders Unfold, the first UK solo show of the Sarajevo-born British artist, is the culmination of a year-long exploration of the complex psychological effects of geographic dislocation, particularly within communities from former Yugoslavia displaced during the civil war of the nineties.
Aiming to link her own experience of displacement with that of others, she pursued a research residency in Utica, New York - the city with the largest rate of refugees per capita in the USA - last summer. After engaging with the local community via interviews, workshops and sound recordings, Čvorović's started to work on art that embodied her interpretation of this investigation.
The exhibition features sculptural works, site-specific installations and a surround soundscape, inviting visitors to experience the gallery space as an immersive journey.
Elements such as cast objects, oil paintings on tarpaulin, and everyday items encased in resin present some of Čvorović’s recurring motifs, as well as new sculptural processes initiated for this project. As with previous works, the vulnerability of childhood is evoked in visceral, sensorial ways.
Borders Unfold takes place until 26 October at PiArtworksLondon, 55 Eastcastle Street, London W1W 8EG.