27 & 28 August | From those held in a complex system with little clarity about the future [In The Betweens We Wait] is a reflection on life in a Direct Provision Centre in Ireland today.
It takes the form of a multi-disciplinary, multi-sensory art exhibition and installation by members of West Cork’s Asylum Seeking community and will inhabit The Waiting Room of the Baltimore Harbour. The exhibition will open at 12pm on Saturday August 27 th and run until 6pm on Sunday 28 th
[In The Betweens We Wait] is the result of a number of months of work by women based at Clonakilty’s Direct Provision Centre, the Clonakilty Lodge. In response to the theme of Waiting the group have created a series of intricate and
varied textile pieces which will be on display, along with photographs and a beautiful and thought provoking soundscape featuring spoken word and songs.
All of the artistic and creative content comes from the multi-talented members of this Asylum Seeking group. Those who have worked on the exhibition include women from Bangladesh, India, South Africa and Somalia.
Some of these members of our community have been waiting for a response to their asylum requests for up to 9 years. People have been born, lived and died here, in that state of waiting, not knowing when or how it will end. The project hopes to raise awareness of the situation faced by them and others like them across Ireland. It seeks to highlight their liminal status, caught between worlds both legal and social/cultural. It also aims to engage the public around the question of Global Citizenship, and what the rights and responsibilities of such citizenship entail.
The project has been facilitated by West Cork artist Anne Scallan, who also helped the women organise their textile pieces, with photography by Michael Holly and sound work facilitated and recorded by Elizabeth Ewing. The Friends
of the Clonakilty Asylum Seekers have been immensely supportive throughout.
For further information on The Friends of Clonakilty Asylum Seekers please contact [email protected]