Exhibition: Asylum Archive by Vukašin Nedeljković
26 Nov - 19 Dec 2021
Activist, artist, independent scholar and former asylum seeker Vukašin Nedeljković will have their first RHA exhibition of elements from their multidisciplinary testimonial project Asylum Archive 26 November – 19 December.
Having studied Photography at Belgrade’s Academy of Arts, and with a MA in Visual Arts from Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology, Nedeljković has dedicated almost 14 years to creating their archive of “asylum”, Direct Provision and Emergency Accommodation in Ireland, providing an insight into the treatment of people who have come to Ireland to seek protection.
The project aims to collaborate with asylum seekers, artists, academics, civil society activists and others, to create an interactive, documentary, cross-platform, online resource which critically foregrounds accounts of exile, displacement, trauma and memory.
In Nedeljković’s photographic testimony, no bodies of asylum seekers are presented; instead, they focus on the architecture of confinement, traces, remnants and ghosts.
Their latest work includes a focus on Emergency Accommodation Centres. The exhibition also references the latest White Paper on Direct Provision, and commemorates the unknown numbers of people who have died within the system.
A second edition of Nedeljković’s book Asylum Archive featuring both photographs and essays, is also being published, and will be launched during the exhibition. Nedeljković says of the forthcoming exhibition, “The exhibition in RHA will offer an awareness of the inhumane Direct Provision and Emergency Accommodation dispersal system in Ireland. I know that the exhibition in RHA will attract new and diverse audiences.”
The exhibition is supported by the Arts Council’s Arts and Disability Connect scheme, managed by Arts & Disability Ireland. For more information on this funding scheme, please see: https://adiarts.ie/artists/funding/connect/
The exhibition is also supported by an Arts Council Project Award.
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The exhibition will offer an awareness of the inhumane Direct Provision and Emergency Accommodation dispersal system in Ireland.