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Sculpture Installation ‘Conflict – Abandonment and Migration’.

Alison Lochhead's work will be on display at Volcano Theatre from 1 May to 30 May 2018 19 Apr 2018

Sculpture Installation ‘Conflict – Abandonment and Migration’.

The sculpture installation showing in Volcano Theatre, Swansea in May 2018 reflects upon the memory of actions and experiences of humans over time. War and conflicts have been going on since the beginning of humanity; but why? No war has resolved a problem. It may put it on hold for a while but inevitably it will raise its head again and the reaction is to renew the conflict. At the start of the 20th century, 10% of those killed in war were civilians. Today, the reverse is true: 90% of those killed in war are civilians.

The installation of cast iron shoes, burnt books and columns of rubble; all made in the kiln or the foundry, tell a story of conflict, migration and destruction of culture and histories.

What do you think when you come across an abandoned shoe? Each shoe holds the story of the person who wore it. Conflicts force people to leave their homes and walk vast distances, enduring unimaginable hardships. Worldwide 65 million people are fleeing their home as it is not safe enough to stay.

Alison has worked for women’s rights to access justice in many areas of the world, including Middle East, Africa and Asia. Her experiences are reflected in her sculptures.

As individuals or groups, there is a lot we can do to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war. We have all the potential tools, skills and laws needed to abolish war. So why do we continue to wreak such devastation on humanity and the whole world?



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