Seeking Refuge presents ten photographs taken from Eamon Carr’s travels and interactions with refugees from Kosovo during 1999. The exhibition has been curated by Eoghan Scally of Taifead.
The photographs depict a war-torn country, lives uprooted and civilians forced to flee as a result of the conflict in Kosovo, of the destruction of their physical and emotional lives.
The focus of the prints is on those refugees affected by conflict, particularly on the youth. The photographs address the impact of conflict on children and the forced migration of various communities. Issues such as the loss of innocence, the displacement of young and old and the lengths individuals go to in search of safety are presented in the images.
The powerful images feature displaced, abandoned and lost children. There are young adults introduced and dominated by arms and conflict; young children playing with live ammunition, forced to abandon their innocence and turn to the weapons of war. Children whose only form of identity is the map of their home village, who carry the scars of bullets in their skin, who know nothing of peace bar its meaningless symbol. The photographs show the length individuals go to escape terror, carrying nothing but the clothes on their back and the destroyed shoes on their feet.
Despite the time which has passed since the conflict and the moment when the images were taken, many of them present a raw, emotional and contemporary feel. The focus on young adults and on migration reflects current conflict and refugee crises seen across the world over the last number of years.
Through exploration of individual back stories, the horror of persecution, brutality, dislocation and death, an attempt is made to locate solace in empathy and the healing gift of human compassion.
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