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Lucy Wood

In 2017 Tyneside Cinema  commissioned British artist Lucy Wood to make a new episode in her ongoing project series Distant Neighbours in response to the Cinema's programme Gimme Shelter: Climate Change, Migration and the Refugee Crisis.

Filmed on location in Al Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, reflecting on the link between climate change, immigration and the need for empathy. The installatio The installation comprise of five new filmed stories,
exhibited on several monitors alongside footage of the camp.

Wood’s work is based on issues of social, political and environmental entrapment. The artist, in 2013 sailed a rescued refugee boat from Lampedusa to London exploring migration to Europe, putting herself in the refugees’ place almost literally. The project explored the issues that migrants face when making this journey across the Mediterranean sea, who are trapped economically and politically at home, she highlights that they also remain trapped en route on small vessels as well as at their final destination.

Lucy Wood was born in Britain and emigrated to New Zealand in 1981, she lives and works in London. In 1989 she studied at ASA School of Art, Auckland, New Zealand. Returned to London graduating in 1992 with a BA Hons in Fine Art from Camberwell College of Art, going on to graduate from City University London with an MA in Arts Criticism in 1994. Wood has exhibited in UK and abroad, recent group exhibitions include: Risk, Turner Contemporary; Strijd! Oorlog en overleven in beeld, Stedelijk Museum; Faceless, Mediamatic Amsterdam, Oktobarski Salon Belgrade and De Markten Brussels 2015.

Find out more at http://www.lucywood.net/

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