LEAVE//REMAIN | 2016 Bank Street Arts members’ exhibition | Tuesday 25th- Sunday 30th October
Sarah-Jane Field, Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie.
‘We watch the news and read the papers. We see people experiencing war and horror, routinely losing homes as well as members of their families, bombed, persecuted, perhaps being starved to death. From the UK, it might have seemed like such things happened on another planet and had very little to do with our own lives. Maybe we believed events like that couldn’t ever happen here, in Britain. However, people are now living in shanty towns on the shores of Europe. Where once there were empty beaches surrounded by an industrial landscape, which some of us barely noticed as we travelled through, there is now a physical manifestation of events that occurred in far away places. Calais has become a political and humanitarian signifier of fragility, brutality and statelessness. It evokes rage, terror and empathy in varying degrees in us. The distant news is very much closer to home. And we don’t seem to know what to do about it. These photographs date from December 2015 onwards, the result of several trips to the Jungle – Calais, and Dunkirk.’
‘I work as a portrait and event photographer in and around London, and am currently studying with The Open College of Arts. I also have three children and a very messy home.’
Sarah-Jane’s work is being exhibited as part of LEAVE//REMAIN, our 2016 members’ exhibition. We’ll be hosting an open evening at 6pm on Friday 28th Oct.