'Until you leave it, you don't know what is home'

'Until you leave it, you don't know what is home'

Artist Shorsh Saleh has created a series of works for the Refugees exhibition at IWM London, including five miniature paintings and two handwoven carpets based on Saleh’s journey from Iraqi Kurdistan to the UK.

The works relate to the process of leaving behind his homeland, the two years of travelling across borders illegally and the eight years of waiting for asylum in the UK.

The carpets were designed by Saleh and made by a group of Kurdish weavers as part of the artist’s project Chenin, which aims to revive the ancient tradition of Kurdish weaving in Iraqi Kurdistan.

See the artworks on display as part of Refugees: Forced to Flee.

REFUGEES

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Art And Design
Indrė Šerpytytė: Constellations
Artist Indrė Šerpytytė has represented various refugee journeys across the Mediterranean through lights in her new work Constellations, now on display at IWM London as part of Refugees: Forced to Flee. 
A family and their overloaded car at a refugee centre on the Iraq-Kuwait border, during the First Gulf War, 1991.
A family and their overloaded car at a refugee centre on the Iraq-Kuwait border, during the First Gulf War, 1991. © John Keane (IWM GLF 174)
Exhibition
Refugees: Forced to Flee

IWM London

Until 13 June 2021

A family cooking on a makeshift cooker in a refugee camp.
© CNN. A photo taken from Life in a Camp at IWM London, a partnership project with CNN.
Experience, Exhibition
Life in a Camp

IWM London

Until 13 June 2021