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FIFSW’s Art Wall hosts Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival exhibit, featuring work by Alumna Raluca Bejan, with Ioan Cocan and Natasha Lan

Categories: Image from TRACE with CONTACT festival logo


May 2 to July 1, 2022, FIFSW’s Art Wall will host the exhibition TRACE: Tracing the Space of the Refugee Crisis. Curated by Natasha Lan, TRACE features work by FIFSW alumna Raluca Bejan and collaborator Ioan Cocan.

About TRACE:

Public accounts of the 2015 European waves of migrant entries were covered through an individualizing gaze on the refugee subject. The suffering of the refugee was witnessed from a distance, as a spectacle: images of crowded tents, boats overflowing with people, children dying on the Mediterranean shores.

TRACE turns this mediatized gaze outwards and scrutinizes the “spaces” in which people seek refuge. The works play with the Derridean notion of “trace” in creating a topography of the refugee crisis through metaphorical markers: the port, the stationed border patrols, the island roads, the swimming vests.

The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, featuring over 140 exhibitions and outdoor installations by Canadian and International artists. A full list of exhibitions can be found on its website, here.

TRACE poster. (Text repeats text on webpage)