Hot Topic: Migration

Ongoing Brexit negotiations and an ever-increasing hostile environment for migrants have sparked mass debate about Britain's relationship with the world. From free movement to trade deals, uncertainty of the future for citizens is ever present. As always, passionate artists are leading a powerful and telling narrative on the immigration headlines and scandals as they happen. Today we are looking at three artists who are contributing food for thought to this debate.

Some of the first immigrants from Jamaica arrive at Tilbury, London, onboard the Empire Windrush. Photograph: Popperfoto/Getty Images

Neequaye Dreph Dsane

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Last summer, stunning murals of black women began to appear on the walls of London buildings. These portraits, the work of street artist Neequaye “Dreph” Dsane, highlighted the diversity of London, and the UK more broadly, while creating a space for everyday women of colour and their stories.

Street muralist, British-Ghanaian artist, Neequaye Dreph Dsane stands beside his artwork, a portrait of British-Moroccan artist, Hassan Hajjaj in a street in east London

Angélica Dass

“Growing up in a family with all of these flavours and colours, I never understood why we have this small classification of people as black, white, red or yellow that are the colours associated with race.” Brazilian photographer Angélica Dass was inspired to begin her Humanae project in 2012, after marrying a Spaniard.

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Felipe Baeza

"When we talk about progress in this country, there are groups that are always left out — often black people, working-class poor people and migrants. Through “Untitled (so much darkness, so much brownness)” and through my art practice, I aim to challenge the notions that keep marginalized people in the margins. I believe that art has a crucial role to play in transforming, redefining and reimagining the global phenomenon of migration. When it comes to migration, the discourse rarely focuses on the stories of real people trying to succeed; instead, the conversation is dominated by criminality and punishment." - Felipe Baeza

Untitled (so much darkness, so much brownness), 2016, ink, collage

Los Otros I

Charocoal, ink, flasche, collage on paper

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