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Image: Jasleen Kaur Yoorop, 2017

In the age of Brexit and Trump, issues surrounding migration, racism and representation have never seemed more prevalent. As part of a summer of exhibitions and community projects at MIMA in Middlesbrough, two exhibitions cast a critical eye over these topics. Barcelona-based artists Núria Güell and Levi Orta take a closer look at inequalities in territory and property in their exhibition The Aesthetics of a Real Estate Map, Syria (Part I). As Teesside has become a key area of dispersal for refugees from parts of the Middle East, Northern and Sub-Saharan Africa, their works examine two different sides of the ‘refugee crisis’: that those fleeing conflict share a sense of social dispossession and that there is a profit-making mechanic which runs through the asylum system.

Meanwhile, group exhibition This Is Water explores the long history of migration that has come to shape the societal landscape of the UK. Through art, archival documents, film and personal items, the perspectives of people of colour in the UK are revealed, highlighting the cultural diversity and richness of the country while also drawing attention to deep-rooted imbalances of power and the racism that continues to damage societies. Through these two very different but interlinked exhibitions, contemporary and historical notions of identity are set to come into sharp focus.

The Aesthetics of a Real Estate Map, Syria (Part I) shows throughout 2018 and This Is Water are at MIMA until Sunday 7th October.

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