‘Sterrin’ - Anna Kressler
A girl is smiling in a refugee camp in the Dunkirk suburb of Grand-Synthe in France. According to the mayor Damien Lent ‘in late July , there were sixty [refugees] in Grande-Synthe, then 180 in mid-August. And 2,400-2,500 today [Jan | Feb 2016]", including more than 200 children like Sterrin, who live in the camp in squalid conditions. I don’t know what happened to Sterrin but I hope that despite this uncertain future she and her family will one day be able to reach their desired destination, England.
‘Deterioration’ - Samuel Shelton
This image is part of the series ‘Sleeplessness’. It is a visual representation of severe sleep deprivation. The image is composed of twenty-nine overlaid self-portraits; each image represents an hour in which I was awake, over a period of thirty-six hours. The image depicts the physical and mental deterioration experienced over long durations of sleeplessness.
‘Changing of an Earring’ –
As time passes many social changes happen; our perception of each other and the world is continually moulding into something new. Vermeer created the iconic painting ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ in the 17th century. A new interpretation based on 21st century views and values enabled a contemporary comment on human nature. The changing of the earring is a metaphor for how life has changed, and will continue to change as time continues to move us.