Saba—Eritrea to London on foot, by car, lorry, boat and aeroplane, 2013, printed 2021
Thu, 10/28/2021 – 18:02
Aida Silvestri’s poetic approach to documentary photography allows her to explore diaspora, culture, mental health, and politics in her work. In this series, she embroiders portraits of Eritrean refugees with colored thread that maps the perilous journeys they took toward safety and personal freedom. The black-and-white images recall passport photographs, yet Silvestri uses blurred focus to maintain her subjects’ anonymity and enlarges the prints to elevate the refugees’ newfound exile identities.
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Eritrea, b. 1978, active England
Ink-jet print with thread
The Sir Mark Fehrs Haukohl Collection at LACMA and Brooklyn Museum, purchased with funds provided by the Ralph M. Parsons Fund