An estimated 27.1 million people are refugees across the world. Multidisciplinary artist Caroline Burraway has been responding to the crisis since 2015, gathering research from refugee camps in Europe to produce mixed-media installations, large-scale drawings and sculptures that highlight the severity of the humanitarian emergency. Ungrievable Lives is a harrowing display, depicting 13 children’s dresses made from discarded lifejackets: symbols of unknown individuals’ lives, stories and backgrounds. Burraway looks to provoke a humane response to the issues of displacement and dispossession in our compassion-fatigued world.
Image Credits: Caroline Burraway, Ungrievable Lives, (2021). Installation view, Wigmore Hall, London.175cm x 450cm x 50cm.