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My name is not Refugee

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My name is not Refugee

Thursday 3 December 2020 - Sunday 21 February 2021 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Jananne Al-Ani 'Untitled' 1998 Arts Council Collection Southbank Centre London © the artist

Rachel Whiteread, Untitled, 1993. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © the artist

David Shrigley, The Bell 2007. Arts Council Collection Southbank Centre London © the artist

An Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme Exhibition

Discover a new view of life in Britain, in an exhibition of artworks chosen by a group of refugees and asylum seekers living in Colchester.

Over the past year a group of refugees and asylum seekers have worked together with Firstsite staff and Refugee Action Colchester to create an exhibition of artworks that includes pieces from the Arts Council Collection. Featuring artists Jananne Al-Ani, Peter Doig, Mona Hatoum, David Shrigley and Rachel Whiteread and more, ‘My name is not Refugee’ invites you to explore ideas and stories that are meaningful to those who selected them.

See landscape paintings, video, sculpture, ceramics and photography that inspire a different way of thinking, alongside scents that are familiar in the regions from which the group have travelled. Explore what it means to find new connections in a different place, and ponder questions about our purpose, choices and morality as human beings.

‘My name is not Refugee’ is the fourth exhibition by Firstsite as part of the Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme, which will continue into 2022.

‘My name is not Refugee’ has been curated by Elizabeth Curry, Münevver Gülsen Ülker, Samia, Diego Robirosa and Mr and Mrs Al-Chahin, working together with many more clients of and volunteers from Refugee Action Colchester, a voluntary organisation working with refugees, asylum seekers and people with no access to public funds.

Watch short film ‘Askıda ‘On hold’’ by filmmaker Yeşim Tonbaz

To coincide with the exhibition ‘My name is not refugee’, we are hosting a short film on our Online Studio by filmmaker Yeşim Tonbaz, entitled ‘Askıda ‘On hold’’.

Watch the film

Artists in this exhibition

The artists featured in this exhibition are: Jananne Al-Ani, Adrian Berg, Zarina Bhimji, Christine Borland, Mark Boulos, Lisa Cheung, David Connearn, Diana Cumming, Adam Dade, Peter Doig, Jimmie Durham, Leila Faithfull, Elsie Few, Buckminster Fuller, Anya Gallaccio, Charles Ginner, Duncan Grant, Lucy Gunning, Graham Gussin, Allan Gwynne-Jones, Sonia Hanney, Mona Hatoum, Emma Kay, John Kippin, Richard Long, Rachel Lowe, Iain MacMillan, Mike Marshall, David Nash, Mariele Neudecker, Winifred Nicholson, Jacques Nimki, Hirsch Perlman, Ingrid Pollard, Kathy Prendergast, Margaret Fisher Prout, David Robbiliard, Claude Rogers, Shimabuku, David Shrigley , Imogen Stidworthy, Rowland Suddaby, Mark Titchner, Gee Vaucher, Hubert Wellington, Rachel Whiteread, Chris Wilson and Richard Woods.

The calligraphy throughout the exhibition is by İsmail Üzümlü.

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