Remember Me When I’m Gone – Alex Franco
Metro is delighted to support Spanish born photographer Alex Franco, producing C-Type prints for his upcoming exhibition “Remember Me When I’m Gone”.
Best known for his fashion imagery in magazines such as Vogue, Vogue Homme and V Magazine “Remember Me When I’m Gone” is a personal cultural and social project for which Alex travelled to Calais several times to document The Jungle, a refugee and migrant encampment in the vicinity of Calais, France, in use from January 2015 to October 2016.
Visiting The Jungle over the course of eighteen months, Alex’s intention was to explore the context of displacement, led by a curiosity and concern that stem from a personal connection, a strong theme within Alex’s work. Learning of immigrants who had travelled from Morocco to Spain in the last few decades and their constantly compromised status, safety and human rights result in Alex’s handwritten personal account of those to whom The Jungle was home.
The media have documented the scenes of shabby temporary constructions of these impermanent homes; places of refuge for those who have fled their own homes in countries far away, and have upon arrival been displaced once again, to the outskirts, to the margins of our system. The interest in the problem seems to have vanished as we delude ourselves that the problem no longer exists once the structure has been dis- mantled.
This exhibition strives to shine a light on a problem that remains unresolved.
1st & 2nd December ’17: Crea Centre Polivalent, Carrer Ros de Olano, 20 Vila De Gracia, Barcelona
5th & 6th December ’17: Unit 10 Huntingdon Estate, Ebor St, London E1 6AW
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