Until November 24, visitors to the Venice Biennale, can visit the "Rothko in Lampedusa" exhibition, featuring emerging refugee artists, alongside international stars such as Ai Weiwei and Richard Mosse. This boat, in which 800 migrants and refugees died in the Mediterranean, has been turned into a provocative artwork by Swiss-Icelandic artist Christoph Büchel.
Refugee artists (left to right) Majid Adin, 40, from Iran, Bnar Sardar Sidiq, 35, from Iraq, Mohamed Keita, 25, from Ivory Coast, and Rasha Deeb, 30, from Syria. created this piece. challenging stereotypes about refugees, ahead of the 'Rothko in Lampedusa' exhibition .
Refugee photographer Mohamed Keita, 25, from Ivory Coast pictured with his images during the "Rothko in Lampedusa" exhibition. Mohamed discovered his talent and passion for photography in Rome, at the day centre for minors Civico Zero, where he also studied Italian while working as a door attendant at a hotel. He considers photography to be a vehicle for creating connections, and preserving the memory of the past
Syrian refugee artist Rasha Deeb, 30, pictured with her sculptures. Rasha is one of the artists featured in the Italian documentary Torn, co-produced by UNHCR, in which Italian actor Alessandro Gassmann talks to Syrian musicians, actors, directors, artists and poets about their lives in the aftermath of the civil war.
The exhibition. “Rothko in Lampedusa”, aims to put refugees centre stage in a debate over whether art should try to change society. It showcases work by artists who have achieved international acclaim, such as Ai Weiwei and Richard Mosse, and those of five emerging refugee artists from Syria, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast and Somalia.