ABOUT THE EXHIBIT
The cradle is destiny. Fate sits next to each birth and traces with a blind pen the route of every one. For some children it is a time of magicians, books and hopes. For others, it is a time of conflict, weapons and gloom. Some children transitioning to adolescence have everything – and others nothing.
This photo exhibition captures the map of life when things unfortunately go wrong. It does not present predictable storms and winds, pole stars, paths of caresses and roads that connect with seas and streams. It shows desert sands, lights that do not shine, mountains that do not end and songs whose words are not all known.
Children of war are refugees in distant lands. They are abandoned, poor and often sick and blind. A triple and quadruple jeopardy – and an unfair destiny for such early lives.
Deprived of words, as these pictures are, they still speak. They murmur sounds of hope like the shells from the sea. They tell us of the children’s efforts to become somebody when destiny is stubborn for them to remain nobody. We need to bring the ear and eyes closer to the images – and listen to what they say
PRESENTED BY PRAXIS GALLERY MINNEAPOLIS
EXHIBIT DATES: OCTOBER 16 – NOVEMBER 06, 2021
OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION & ARTIST TALK: OCTOBER 16, 6PM-9PM
LIFE IN REFUGEE CAMPS
In the refugee camps, stories arise that are born in different countries and contexts and intersect in the common areas of those camps: markets, schools and the spaces that serve as streets. They are stories that in their plurality create a certain connection, a new meaning. Refugees inhabit the center of these strange spaces.
Something that belonged to them becomes nothing and they themselves, who were someone, become nothing. They often live in unsafe and risky places that, paradoxically, are safer than their homes. With them arise more suspicions than certainties and more doubts than trust. Borders are continually being erected where they are and where they are going. Still, with patience, they try to open a future in these walls and find their way in the street labyrinths through which they walk.