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Refuge: Needing, Seeking, Creating Shelter

Presented by 21c Museum Hotel at 21c Museum Hotel, Cincinnati OH

Refuge: Needing, Seeking, Creating Shelter

Refuge: Needing, Seeking, Creating Shelter


As civil strife, economic insecurity, and environmental crises proliferate, artists from across the globe explore the search for refuge—how, why, and where people need, seek, and create shelter. The harsh and haunting realities of contemporary migrant life are vividly rendered in Richard Mosse’s images of refugee camps in Greece, captured using heat mapping technology; in Serge Alain Nitegeka’s charcoal figure painted with tea, coffee, and charcoal on shipping crates; and in Mohau Modisakeng’s Passage, a series of photographs tracking the perilous journey of would-be refugees, alone in dark waters. Employing a wide range of techniques, these and other artists in the exhibition combine realism and fantasy, the mythical and the mundane, in images and objects that are both poignant and portentous.



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609 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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