As part of the Experiences of Exile series of exhibitions and events, the Art Collection currently has on display an artwork Lampedusa created by artist Olivia Lomenech Gill. Lampedusa was created in 2008 and was inspired by the refugee crisis explored in Caroline Moorehead’s book Human Cargo (2006). This lecture will discuss the refugee stories traced in the book, the inspiration and production of the artwork, and will consider what has and hasn't changed over the decade since.
Caroline Moorehead is a bestselling author and acclaimed biographer who has also written for the Telegraph, the Times, and the Independent.
She travelled for nearly two years and across four continents to research her book Human Cargo, which takes readers on a journey to understand why millions of people are forced to abandon their homes, possessions, and families in order to find a place where they may, quite literally, be allowed to live. The book, which was revised and updated in 2016, changes our understanding of what it means to have and lose a place in the world and reveals how the refugee "problem" is on a par with global crises such as terrorism and world hunger.
Olivia Lomenech Gill lives and works in Northumberland. Initially studying Drama at Hull University, she went on to complete an MA Printmaking at Camberwell College of Arts in London. She is a painter, printer and illustrator who has exhibited widely and received many awards. Most recently she was the illustrator on the Illustrated Editions of J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.