Matthew Childs Design

  • 2016

    Seeking refuge

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  • This installation was at the inaugural Beskitas garden festival in Istanbul. Turkey had received huge waves of refugees from Iraq and Syria and there were tensions with the local population.

The aim was to get visitors to the show to contemplate the context of how the terror of war forces people to flee their homes in search of safety and peace. Mannequins were used in the garden to represent the faceless, generic identity of a ‘refugee’.

They were placed high in the trees on precarious diving boards with barrels of oil and spiky planting beneath to illustrate the desperate need, fear and often limited opportunity refugees are presented with on arrival.

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