Gary Jules recently immortalised the Tears for Fears song 'Mad World'. Listen closely to the lyrics and you'll agree they apply just as poignantly to today's mad world as they did back in the 80's.
Artists and musicians have always attempted to make sense of tough issues using their powers of expression and a new exhibition at Q Gallery in Derby has us scratching our heads and considering war, terrorism and asylum among other hard to deal with issues.
A diverse bunch, each of the artists looks to their roots for inspiration:
- Keith Piper - Caribbean, Malta, UK
- Misleo Kunda-Anaku - Zambia/UK
- Hafiza Mohammed - India/UK
- Tang Lin - Hong Kong/China/UK
- Jilah Bakhshayesh - Iran/UK
- Kooj Chuhan - India/UK
- Aidan Jolly - UK
Terminal Frontiers explores the human experience of asylum and migration connected to the politics of local and global conflicts.
Highlights include Keith Piper's "Delete where appropriate: Local/Stranger". As the spectator you'll be asked to think about what defines a stranger as opposed to a local. An interactive computer console encourages you to log in by name and choose the category which best describes you.
Also look out for Kooj Chuhan's video triptych "What if I'm not real?" A migrant mother and her child are cast adrift in a strange place. The piece explores identity, blood-lines and roots.
Although work on many of the pieces began before September 11th 2001, the day and its events have had a profound effect on the direction of the works. One of the works, "Dust Rising", by Virtual Migrant Aidan Jolly, asks if Western Governments are exploiting the attack on the World Trade Centre to demonise asylum seekers and refugees.
Launch night is Tuesday 12th October between 6-8pm. Local musician Corey Mwamba joins forces with two of the other Virtual Migrants to provide musical accompaniment to the opening night.
There's also a feedback session on Tuesday 26th October between 6-8pm where Aiden Jolly and Kooj Chuhan discuss issues of asylum and migration in art. All welcome.