“TRACE: Tracing the Space of the Refugee Crisis" - Exhibit Opening

January 17, 2020
“TRACE: Tracing the Space of the Refugee Crisis" - Exhibit Opening


5:00 PM
UNB Art Centre

A new exhibit at the UNB Art Centre will incite reflection on issues related to the 2015 European refugee crisis.

TRACE: Tracing the Space of the Refugee Crisis” is a jointly curated show by the UNB Art Centre (January 17 to February 14, 2020) and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, the Bruno Bobak Artist-in-Residence studio (January 14 to February 7, 2020).

The multi-media exhibit includes photography, a panel discussion and a screening of the documentary Trace, which was co-directed by STU Social Work professor Raluca Bejan and Ioan Cocan. The opening of the event will take place on January 17 at the UNB Art Centre at 5pm​. 

About the Trace

Public accounts on the 2015 European refugee crisis covered the issue through an individualizing gaze placed on the refugee subject. The refugee in suffering, an experience witnessed by us all, as a spectacle, from the distance: Images of crowded tents, boats carrying overflowing numbers of people, children dying on Mediterranean shores. Trace turns the gaze outwards, scrutinizing the “space” of the crisis in which people seek refuge.

On the one hand, there is the everyday of the “space.” The ordinary Greek island life (Lesvos) with not much to do in the early hours of the day, with people anchoring their fishing boats, some going for a swim, some strolling for a walk. On the other hand, the presence of the refugees is no longer a sine qua non presence. The space of the island changed from hosting refugees’ presence to hosting their absence.

Trace figuratively marks the absence of the refugee crisis by symbolically creating a visual topography of the refugee crisis, seen through the space containing the crisis and juxtaposed to narrative accounts of people involved in the crisis.

Trace is an independent documentary project. It was filmed in 2017, in the Greek islands of Lesvos, Samos and Chios; in Athens, Greece; Oxford, United Kingdom and Toronto, Canada. It was awarded the Best Feature Documentary prize at the Santorini Film Festival in Greece last summer.