Explore some of the ways in which artists have addressed experiences of migration

Mona Hatoum programme guide (1998/1998) by Mona HatoumModern Art Oxford

What is migration? 

Human migration is the movement by people from one place to another with the intentions of settling permanently in a new location. While migration has been a feature of humanity throughout history, the current mass displacement of refugees fleeing conflict in different parts of the world is a defining global event.  

The Need For Uncertainty (2008/2008) by Mircea CantorModern Art Oxford

Many artists have explored the subject and history of migration through symbolic and poetic approaches, evoking a sense of loss, longing and nostalgia for a remote, almost forgotten home. 

Chapters (2013/2013) by Haris EpaminondaModern Art Oxford

In her 2013 exhibition 'Chapters', Haris Epaminonda used film, collage, photography, books and objects to reconstruct non-linear narratives that evoke fleeting dreamlike memories of cultures and lands lost.

Chapters, Haris Epaminonda, 2013/2013, From the collection of: Modern Art Oxford
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Contemporary Art of Today: Migration by Modern Art OxfordModern Art Oxford

Mona Hatoum programme guide, Mona Hatoum, 1998/1998, From the collection of: Modern Art Oxford
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In her 1998 exhibition at Modern Art Oxford, Mona Hatoum took domestic objects which, through shifts in scale and materiality, appeared hostile and menacing, as a way to engage with issues of alienation, dislocation, identity and threat of the 'other'.

The Need For Uncertainty (2008/2008) by Mircea CantorModern Art Oxford

Migration and identity 

As people move around the world, they bring their traditions, knowledge, and beliefs with them, often mixing their cultures with those of their new homes. For many artists, their migrations and those of their ancestors, are important in shaping both their personal identities and the art they produce. 

The Need For Uncertainty (2008/2008) by Mircea CantorModern Art Oxford

Mircea Cantor addresses the idea of displacement and co-existent worlds, often quietly evoking the uneasy confrontation of ideologies, people and cultures.

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