2015.2016.2017…Breeze from Calais.
Installation with music by Hemn and Stad Tina
Dec 2015 . 6bis Paris.
Jan/March 2016 . Clay Art Center Portchester. New York
June 2016/June 2017 . Hogarth New York.
“Everything is broken here in the Jungle. Everyday we spend here in the Jungle we are more broken”.
“People are breaking their limbs and dying trying to jump the fences. There is no other way, no other chance…”
The Jungle is how people name the refugees’ camp near Calais. They are mostly English speaking political and war refugees trying to cross the border to England, hoping to rebuild their lives. There are people that have been there for months, including children.
I met Hemn and his brother Stad at the Jungle. They were coming from Iran. Hemn showed me a song he made with his brother back in Iran that he had on Facebook. They play traditional instruments from Kurdistan. Music is like air that helps you breathing and reminds you who you are. The conditions at the Jungle are devastating.
At the Jungle there is a pirate network that works occasionally and refugees can connect with their families and the rest of the world through their phones. Stad showed me a picture of his girlfriend. I looked at his hands. They were musicians. They just wanted to be themselves.
All meaning of human fragility and freedom -free flow- is embedded in the piece. The rhythm of these elements set on the wall is like imperceptible music, brought by the wind from a remote place. Breeze and music -beauty and delicacy- imply the necessary soothing elements for survival. A beauty that together with the music and the harshness of reality implies the painful desire for evasion and its impossibility.