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Traces of Displacement

7 April 2023 – 12 May 2024

Traces of Displacement

This exhibition uses the Whitworth’s collection to address one of the major humanitarian concerns of the 20th and 21st centuries – forced displacement. In tracing displacement within the collection, a partial, fragmentary, and yet compelling set of stories is emerging from academic and community collaboration. Traces of Displacement uncovers stories of persecution, creativity, and resilience, and the experiences of artists and makers who were displaced in their homelands, forced to flee, survived, and even thrived in exile.

Artists include Mounira al Solh, Otti Berger, Leilah Babiyre, Caroline Walker, Safdar Ahmed, Bashir Makhoul, Frank Brangwyn, Cornelia Parker, Mandla Rae, Raisa Kabir, Dusan Kusmic, Ian Rawlinson, Cecily Brown, Charles Green and Lyndell Brown, Francesco Simeti, Lucien Freud, Marc Chagall, Mary Kessell, Edward Bawden, and James McBey amongst others.


Open call: Visual Organising Training with Migrants in Culture

This spring, migrant-led design agency Migrants in Culture will lead a series of Visual Organising Training workshops at the Whitworth to support the work of local community organisers. We’re looking for 10 Manchester-based community organisers engaging with refugee and migrant experiences to join the cohort for this training.
Click this link to find out more, and to register your interest by 4 March 2024.

7 April 2023 – 12 May 2024


Traces of Displacement exhibition and the Migrants in Culture workshops are part of a major AHRC-funded (Arts and Humanities Research Council) research project: Understanding Displacement Aesthetics led by Professor Ana Carden Coyne with Dr. Chrisoula Lionis and Dr. Angeliki Roussou.

Download the Traces of Displacement exhibition guide

The Whitworth, part of The University of Manchester, continues its programme and activities to promote understanding and provide a space for reflection and community during this difficult time, see further information.

Image: Mounira al Solh, I Strongly Believe in the Right to be Frivolous, 2012-ongoing. Courtesy of the artist.