In Transit, HD video with sound, split screens. 2017- ongoing. All images © Elizabeth Kwant Art 2018.
In Transit is Kwant’s most recent project. Here the artist is seen performing a series of movements in site specific locations; beside the Mediterranean Sea, in the port of Algeciras Spain, a shipping container site in Manchester, and Calke Abbey, Derbyshire. The work was produced in consultation with UK based asylum seekers and through a series of conversations with clients of the Boaz Trust, Manchester. Taking reference from discussions with asylum seekers, the artist embodies the positions and bodily postures adopted by a migrant ‘in transit’ on their journey to the UK; crouched in a boat, hiding beneath a lorry, falling from a fence, washed up on a beach. The work is recorded on HD video with sound collected from each site.
In Transit traces journeys from the port of Algeciras, Spain - marking the most westerly migration route in the Mediterranean, where countless Sub- Saharan Africans attempt to enter Europe each year- to a Manchester shipping container site and a Stately home in Derbyshire. By performing the movements amidst collections of colonial objects, sourced from around the world and stored in museum like cases, Kwant makes reference to the colonial history of migration, it’s legacy in the slave trade and the questionable source of the money, which contributed to the wealth of Britain's stately homes. Kwant plans to film the next installment of In Transit in the port of Tangier Morocco (June 2018), where many migrants begin their crossing to Europe, thus completing the performance on boths sides of the Straits of Gibraltar.
With thanks to Mark Devereux Projects, The National Trust, Calke Abbey, Derbyshire and The Boaz Trust, Manchester.