Handmade artist's book depicting refugees from various parts of the world. Each of the thirty pages consists of a photograph printed on synthetic silk with embroidery.

Duben’s training in political science and sociology informs all of her work. Since 1994 she has largely been making artists’ books focused on identity, domestic violence and migration. These works are exhibited variously as light, sound and video installations, as well as in the form of actual books.

‘Refugee' is about worldwide forced migration during the 20th century. Ten delicate images with childlike embroidery depict the moment of crossing a border, or the process of leaving a home and homeland behind.


  • Title: Refugee
  • Creator: Ipek Duben
  • Date Created: 2010
  • Medium: Photoprint and hand-stitching 
on synthetic silk on Canson paper 
with metal wire
  • Copyright: Reproduced by kind permission of the artist. Photo: © The Trustees of the British Museum
  • British Museum website: 2011,6029.1

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