Join us at the opening for a new exhibition by photographer, film maker and activist Gideon Mendel.
During two days in October 2016 the migrant camp in Calais known as the Jungle was burnt and demolished by French authorities. More than 8,000 asylum-seekers and displaced people who were living there were dispersed throughout France and beyond.
Acclaimed photographer Gideon Mendel has created a powerful installation using objects left behind which, along with other found items he has photographed, attempts to create an alternative portrait of the plight of the Jungle residents.
By focusing on everyday objects like toothbrushes, playing cards, discarded trainers and children’s dolls he also attempts to wrest the overarching issue of displacement and forced migration away from the specific -context and locale of the Eurotunnel.
Gideon Mendel has received six World Press Photo Awards, the W. Eugene Smith Award for Humanistic Photography and the Amnesty International Media Award for Photojournalism. His work is regularly published in leading magazines and newspapers.
Mendel champions the use of participatory photography to give his subjects a voice. His work culminated in the 2001 publication A Broken Landscape: HIV and Aids in Africa, alongside the online platform Through Positive Eyes. Follow his work on Twitter and Instagram.
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England. Also supported by Spectrum Photographic.