THIS IS WHO I AM: EVIDENCE OF LIFE
This exhibition has been created by members of Kairos, a Nottingham based support group for lesbian and bi women who, because of violent homophobic persecution in their home countries, seek asylum in the UK. It intends to give space to some of the most silenced and marginalised people in our community.
The artworks were developed through a series of workshops designed and led by artist, Keisha Castello. Here the participants from Kairos engaged with ideas of how to create and present a portrait of their present selves, influenced by their experience of being an asylum seeker or refugee in Britain.
Having no previous drawing or painting skills, the group explored approaches to observational drawing from primary and secondary sources. From here, they experimented with mixed media and mono printing techniques, as well looking at the work of other artists for compositional inspiration.
The resulting mixed media artworks, which utilise acrylic paint, marker pen, paper collage and polystyrene printing, offer up not necessarily a likeness to the subject, but an essence of the sitter's inner self in abstracted terms.
For more information on the support services provided by Kairos, please call or email: 07938 556788, firstname.lastname@example.org