Harley Weir


29 September - 25 November 2018




Part of Brighton Photo Biennial 2018

Homes, by British photographer Harley Weir, depicts photographs made over a ten-day period in October
2016 in the migrant and refugee camps of Calais, known informally as the Jungle. Taken immediately
before and during the clearing of this provisional settlement, Weir’s images highlight both the humanity
and ingenuity of those living there - emphasising the domestic and familiar against a backdrop of

Homes is one of many recent photographic projects which highlight how the large transient population of
refugees and migrants materialise in visual terms across the European landscape. Images of Calais, in particular,
have been central to the debate about immigration, both in the UK and in mainland Europe.

In Homes, Weir offers a different insight, showing us the personal spaces of the camp created in the face
of oppression and indifference from those most able to provide assistance. In doing so she intimates the
wider human story of the resilience and misery of the refugee experience.

Homes was first published as a photo book in 2016 by Loose Joints. The books shown as part of this
exhibition are a reprint of this publication made especially for the Biennial. All proceeds from sales will
be donated to La Cimade, a French charity committed to protecting and defending the human rights of
refugees and migrants.

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