This month sees the opening in LA of a groundbreaking exhibition of work by five contemporary artists highlighting the plight of displaced people in the world today. Metro clients Tom Stoddart
and Lynsey Addario
are exhibiting pieces created solely for the exhibition alongside work from acclaimed artists Omar Victor Diop
, Graciela Iturbide
and Martin Schoeller.
With the number of displaced people having reached a staggering 60 million globally, according to UNHCR
, the UN Refugee Agency, this timely exhibition represents the lives of refugees from a host of diverse populations dispersed and displaced throughout the world, through photographs taken in Bangladesh, Cameroon, Colombia, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Mexico, Myanmar, Serbia, Slovenia, and the United States.
The exhibition highlights aspects of the plight of refugees not previously encountered and reflects on a full range of current global refugee experiences through compelling images. Humanising the refugees’ struggles to build new homes and peaceful lives while in flight from dehumanizing and life-threatening persecution and deprivation and presenting these diverse populations in a respectful and dignified manner.
Metro produced Tom Stoddart’s black and white prints
which form part of the exhibition and show a photographic narrative of refugees arriving in Greece and traveling through Croatia and Serbia (October 9-23, 2015) to Germany (December 16-21, 2015). Stoddart comments: “During my assignment I saw once again the tired faces of desperate fathers trying to find a place of safety and peace for their families, away from the bombs and inhumanity of war. In Berlin, their faces had changed… there was still sadness at having to flee the country of their birth, but also optimism and a determination to prosper and contribute to a democratic society that had opened its doors and given a warm welcome to homeless strangers.”