Hospitality not at its best!

I have started working on my piece for the “hospitality” project. I think this is a great theme to work on as it can be linked to a great numbers of issues and makes me reflect on the work I have been involved with visiting refugees and asylum seekers detained in prison for an indefinite amount of time without any reasonable  justification after their sentence is over . It is not British hospitality at his best for sure and few people are unfortunately aware of this issue!! With no time limit on immigration detention powers detainees can be locked up  for weeks, months or in some cases even years waiting for their cases to be resolved.

17 months it took for A0149AJ to be released and receive is indefinite leave to remain status as finally the immigration having already recognized him as a refugee and therefore couldn’t send him back in his country of origin recognized that he couldn’t be deported in Rwanda!!

Working with images of grids/ silhouette/ prison numbers/ words / screen printed on a pillow case ( as maybe sleep is the only escape if you can manage to find sleep in such a situation ) will be a small  attempt to make those detainees more visible to the public.

Introduction to the “Hospitality” Collaboration Project

Re-view Textiles met on 3rd February 2012 to commence work on our latest venture, an exhibition based on the theme of “Hospitality”. The group will discuss and explore some of the vast possibilities this subject has to offer. As individuals we will create our own pieces of work based on our experiences, cultural traditions from home and abroad, historical  ideologies, literature (and anything else not mentioned). We will also all be working in our own style and preferred methods which are all unique to each of us.

Each artist is working with in a group of three to four others. When each artist has worked on their piece for a month they will then swap work with the another artist in the group. This will happen until each artist has worked on at least three pieces adding and expanding others work to create three innovative works created combining in a range of media and disciplines. This is a very exciting way of working as Re-view Textiles is a diverse group and many people have not worked together or even met prior to the project. Many artists have opted to keep their ideas a secret until the first reveal on 29th Feburary!


To find out more about the group please read the about page.