STATEMENT ABOUT

‘Fragment of Another Life’ is a series of portraits of people recently arrived to the United Kingdom. Each shows the few mementoes that they managed to salvage from their previous lives and is personally annotated. The project, intended to be a video archive, turned into a linear installation, juxtaposing portraits and text narrative. The medium plays a large role in conveying the tone of the message.

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When people flee their homes and homelands because of persecution, they are often lucky to escape with their lives – and precious little else.

‘Fragment of Another Life’ is a series of portraits of people recently arrived to the United Kingdom. Each shows the few mementoes that they managed to salvage from their previous lives and is personally annotated.

Rhonda says the idea for this piece came after visiting Ellis Island in New York, which a century ago was used as a reception centre for newly arriving immigrants to the United States: ”I am a South African living in London. My great grandparents were Russian Jews. At home we have a few objects that my forebears carried across the world, including a samovar. Since my childhood I have wondered why they chose to bring it, and how they carried it,” she says. “At the Ellis Island museum, for me, one of the most poignant exhibitions was that which had photos of early immigrants along with the things that they brought.”


Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 1.46.09 PM< “…depicting migrants who have fled their tumultuous home countries in favour of the safety and freedom afforded in Britain.

The images, which are accompanied by remarks and observations of the refugees in their own respective languages, explore the struggles and sacrifice that each has endured to set foot on Britain’s shores.  Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 1.46.21 PM

Many had no choice but to abandon their friends, family, and homes with time only to grab a few personal possessions.”

How does ‘Fragment of Another Life’ speak to you?

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About Hannah Webster

Hello, my name is Hannah Webster. Brand Strategy, Design & Marketing Consulting | Public Relations in Los Angeles | Research: “VR Digital Storytelling Tech Elicits Empathy in its Viewers”

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  1. This looks like a really beautiful piece of work. I was also particularly inspired when I went to Ellis Island, it is such a small place with a massive amount of history. I really like how this artist mixed mediums, the drawings on the photographs give off a very personal and intimate feel.

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