Crossings | Syria-Turkey Oil on canvas (in progress) 91.5 x 122 cm 2015-2016  

Crossings | Syria-Turkey
Oil on canvas (in progress)
91.5 x 122 cm
2015-2016

 

Crossings | Syria-Turkey Oil on canvas (in progress) 91.5 x 122 cm 2015-2016

Crossings | Syria-Turkey
Oil on canvas (in progress)
91.5 x 122 cm
2015-2016

Crossings is a body of work produced over two years with the support of Castlefield Gallery’s New Art Spaces, Chorlton. The work explores the intersection or no man’s land between borders. Images of triumph, control and transition have been carefully selected for their paradoxical qualities. Juxtaposed alongside decorative English patterns the images are imbued with rich meaning, but manage to evade easy classification. A work in progress, the paintings are yet to be completed, hands and feet yet to be rendered, faces void of identity. Kwant speaks about this as reflecting the current geo-political crisis, unresolved, incomplete, transitioning. In addition, there’s the possibility through the blank visage to see oneself in the image, thus challenging the stereotype of the migrant as being easily identifiable by race or nationality. “I want to create a space in my paintings for reflection upon the current situation, and to question our construction of the “Other”. Some of the paintings will find resolution, others may remain incomplete.”

Crossings | Morocco-Melilla Oil on canvas (in progress) 91.5 x 122 cm 2015-2016

Crossings | Morocco-Melilla
Oil on canvas (in progress)
91.5 x 122 cm
2015-2016

Crossings | Morocco- Melilla Oil on canvas (in progress) 91.5 x 122 cm 2015-2016

Crossings | Morocco- Melilla
Oil on canvas (in progress)
91.5 x 122 cm
2015-2016

Crossings | Morocco-Melilla Oil on canvas (in progress) 91.5 x 122 cm 2015-2016

Crossings | Morocco-Melilla
Oil on canvas (in progress)
91.5 x 122 cm
2015-2016

Crossings | Syria-Turkey Oil on canvas (in progress) 91.5 x 122 cm 2015-2016

Crossings | Syria-Turkey
Oil on canvas (in progress)
91.5 x 122 cm
2015-2016