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Jungle Protestimony: an Echo of the Camp

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The Old Generator, Summerhall

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Edinburgh

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Protestimony is a visual and interactive art exhibition that aims to communicate an alternative narrative about the “refugee crisis” to a diverse audience in the UK and France. In all the commentary that surrounded the Jungle camp, the diverse testimonies of the refugees themselves were rarely included, so Protestimony contributes to redressing the balance.

Protestimony challenges the dehumanising and depoliticising anti-refugee and migrant rhetoric we hear so often using artworks and other material created by refugees who lived in the Calais Jungle. The exhibition features artworks and other materials including paintings, documentaries, animations, sculptures and illustrations, alongside interactive art and music projects developed and delivered by former Jungle residents.

These artworks are displayed in reconstructed shelters from the camp, which hint at the conditions many refugees lived in for months on end. They also demonstrate the challenges and controversies of representing refugees today. Protestimony also reminds visitors of the ongoing nature of this crisis which has in no way been resolved by the dismantling of the camp, and which is currently re-emerging in Calais.

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