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Shifts and Contrivances (2017)

JANNE MALMROS

Based on a diagram from a Victorian travel book by English polymath Francis Galton, Shifts and Contrivances shows how to make a simple boat out of wood/bark, if you need to escape somewhere by crossing a river. Today, refugees and migrants are prepared to board very basic vessels to escape war, fear and terror. The boats are displayed on mylar - the material used for emergency foil blankets - which reflects the work itself, and also reflects on the current refugee crisis. By using the shape of the boats on mylar, Malmros creates a powerful dialogue with one’s visual memory.

Caption: 

Janne Malmros, Shifts and Contrivances (2017).  cut and folded screen-prints on Zerkall paper, mylar. Courtesy of the artist.