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In a society where the word ‘immigration’ is increasingly used as a tool for political scaremongering, it’s pretty rare that we get the opportunity to glimpse into the chaotic lives of the refugees themselves. However, from now until Saturday 2nd July, Hatton Gallery are providing just that with Home & Belonging – an exhibition that examines both familiarity and a lack thereof.

Created by participants from a host of countries including Iran, Afghanistan and Syria, this all-encompassing exhibition features a world of artistic mediums, from film to textiles and even found objects. Each of these are utilised to recount the personal experiences of a group of people who, more often than not, lack the means or, indeed, the platform, to express themselves.

The project draws inspiration from Kurt Schwitter’s Merz Barn Wall, a 20th century artwork that is also housed in Hatton. After fleeing his home country from Nazi oppression in World War II,  Schwitters sought refuge in the UK, specifically in Cumbria – where he began to make beautiful works of art in the face of adversity.

Home and Belonging examines the concept of refuge, past and present, with the intention to pass comment on the current state of our world – it examines different perspectives from a wealth of different backgrounds. Whichever way the term ‘asylum seeker’ affects you as an individual, this is certainly an exhibition not to be missed.

Home & Belonging is at Hatton Gallery, Newcastle from now until Saturday 2nd July.

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