The Scream, Updated, 20232023
THE SCREAM, UPDATED
Site specific Installation, 2023
Stainless steel mesh, plastic, wire, netting,4 ratchet straps, light for shadow
Spurred by daily news of The Anti Migration Bill, small boat crossings and the war in Ukraine, I wanted to mark the plight of the migrants and child refugees fleeing from war zones.
'The Scream, updated' is an installation which references Edvard Munch's famous painting 'The Scream'. Whilst the original referenced Existential angst reflected in nature, I update it to reference the lives lost to illegal migration attempts by people worldwide. The UK's Anti Migration Bill, people dying from Small boat crossings and people smuggling have become recurring news items. The work highlights the humanitarian side of the news. 'The Scream, updated' is louder in it's shadow than the object (mouth). The ratchet straps pulling open the mouth reference lorry straps, in which people smuggling takes place across borders. The installation can be hung site specifically on the ceiling or against the wall.