Henk Wildschut – Shelter, France, Arles.
Venue details – The exhibition is part of Arles Contemporain week-end. 13 Galleries of contemporary art will be exceptionally open in the context of the Arles Contemporain week-end, March 23-24, from 11am to 7pm.
Official Website – www.voies-off.com
Date – From 23-03-2013 to 09-06-2013. Opening reception on Saturday March 23rd at 7pm. The gallery is open Mon-Fr, 10 a.m.–12 p.m., 3-6 p.m. On Saturdays with an appointment.
As part of the program “RESTER PARTIR, le voyage impossible” co-produced by Marseille-Provence 2013, after the work of Hai Zhang about the evolution of the urban landscape and social contrasts in China, Voies Off Gallery presents Shelter, a photographic project of the dutch artist Henk Wildschut.
Nominated for the 2011 Voies Off Prize, the series Shelter is the result of a documentary photographic project about Calais refugees, exiled from the Middle East or Africa, in search of a better life in Britain.
By focusing on something as ‘trivial’ as the refugees’ ‘shelters’, the artist hope to provoke a more universal compassion in the viewer. Railing against a journalistic approach that focuses on the so-called ‘story’ of these wretched fellows, the artist highlights how their dignity is expressed in inhumane conditions.