Emilie Taylor
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BACK WHERE YOU CAME FROM

Emilie collaborated with Dr Casey Strine, Ancient Historian and Vice Chancellors Research Fellow at University of Sheffield, In open workshops people seeking asylum, or with refugee status, met, and made artwork in response to stories read together. The stories about Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob taken from the book of Genesis, (an ancient text that is the first book in the Bible and sacred to Jews, Christians, and Muslims) are stories written by people who experienced forced migration in the ancient world. In this current time of conflict and political unrest, this group of people who experienced involuntary migration responded to these texts by making monoprints and ceramic vessels.

In an exhibition of their quiet and contemplative work during Refugee Week 2015, we were offered the opportunity to consider our own views on migration and the turbulence that surrounds us. With thanks to University of Sheffield, Arts Enterprise and Yorkshire Artspace for funding.