Representing the Calais ‘Jungle’


A tour and book launch with photographer and activist Gideon Mendel. Part of his exhibition Dzhangal, an alternative view of the Calais ‘Jungle’.

The event will begin with a guided tour led by the artist in conversation with art historians Christine Eyene and Dominique Malaquais. Mendel will reflect on the challenges and sensitivities faced in conducting a collaborative documentary project with residents at the ‘Jungle’ refugee camp in Calais. He will expand on why this led him to collect, assemble and photograph objects between May and October 2016, and how these objects evoke complex stories.

After the tour we will be joined by anthropologist Georgie Wemyss and refugee project coordinator Robert Lloyd to discuss urgent and wide-reaching questions of forced migration as well as the role and ethics of image making in representing displaced lives.

The audience will be invited to join the discussion in a Q&A session, followed by the launch of Mendel’s new photography book Dzhangal, published by Gost Books to accompany the exhibition.

The book includes 80 pages of images along with writing by residents of the ‘Jungle’ camp – community organiser ‘Africa’, student and writer Babak Inaloo, artist ‘Mani’ and teacher Shaheen Ahmed Wali – as well as texts by author and broadcaster Paul Mason and art historian Dominique Malaquais.

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Representing the Calais ‘Jungle’
Saturday 28 January, 3:00 – 5:30pm
Free event, book you place here.

Autograph ABP
Rivington Place
London EC2A 3BA

Gideon Mendel: Dzhangal runs to 11 February 2017

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