Exhibition: 17 March – 18 May 2017. Daily: 11:00 - 17:00. Free entry.
Tyneside Cinema has commissioned British artist Lucy Wood to make a new episode in her ongoing project series Distant Neighbours in response to the Gimme Shelter programme. Filmed on location in Al Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, reflecting on the link between climate change, immigration and the need for empathy. The installation will comprise of the new film alongside other previously created in the series, exhibited on several monitors.
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 the global migration via the empathy tool, putting herself in the refugees’ place almost literally. Starting from the fact that migrants are trapped economically and politically at home, she highlights that they also remain trapped en route as well as at their final destination.
Part of Tyneside Cinema’s 80th Anniversary celebrations, to find out more click here.