June 18 @ 9:00 am - June 24 @ 5:00 pm
Olivier Kugler’s series of brilliant drawings of refugees from Syria will be exhibited at the Print House Gallery during Refugee Week (18-24 June). Collected in his book ESCAPING WAR AND WAVES for the first time, the drawings document the lives of individuals and families he met in Iraq Kurdistan, the tourist island of Kos, and the jungle camp at Calais, mostly on commission for Médecins Sans Frontières. As well as his work with Médecins Sans Frontières, Kugler recorded the experiences of refugees in London, Birmingham and Simmozheim, the small village in Germany where he grew up. The stories he tells are often tragic but also uplifting, testimony to both human senselessness and resilience. Based on many interviews, thousands of reference photos, and an acute observation of the objects, locations and conversations making up our daily lives, the effects of what he records will be felt for decades to come.
On display will be original sketches, pencil drawings and prints in various sizes from the ESCAPING WARS AND WAVES project.