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Isabel Lima Broken Chords Can Sing a Little – Episode 1: The Birds


Saturday 11 June - Sunday 18 September

Newcastle-based artist Isabel Lima’s Broken Chords Can Sing a Little – Episode 1: The Birds is a film addressing the ‘migration crisis’ in general and the experience of displacement by Middlesbrough-based asylum seekers and refugees in particular. Lima explores the feelings, memories, anxieties, and aspirations of these groups against the backdrop of relevant governmental policies, news and public debates.

The film brings Lima’s interviews with asylum seekers and refugees, charity workers and politicians together with found footage such as television coverage of the Home Affairs Committee inquiry into the ‘migration crisis’. It also includes scenes inspired by Aristophanes’s classical theatrical comedy The Birds, acted by some of the interviewed asylum seekers and refugees, who wear bird masks to conceal their identities. The scenes take place in sites as varied as the Transporter Bridge, a Kurdish café and Middlesbrough’s Home Office reporting centre.

This work has been commissioned by Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art through its Creative Community Programme and is co-produced with Investing in People and Culture.

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