Imagine a photographic exhibition of people’s lives, with no individuals captured in the images – Asylum Archive opens at The Source Arts Centre

Dublin-based Serbian artist Vukasin Nedeljkovic took a conscious decision to depict only places, objects and structures for his interpretation of the direct provision system. His exhibition Asylum Archive opens at The Source Arts Centre Gallery 05 April. Nedeljkovic knows a thing or two about direct provision, being a former asylum seeker himself. He was a teenager living in Belgrade when Yugoslavia, as it was then, began to tear itself apart in a brutal and bloody civil war.

Protests which he and fellow students participated in against the policies pursued by Slobodan Milosevic and his successors landed him in trouble, he says, and extreme nationalism “dragged me and so many of us down for many years”. He did a BA in photography in Belgrade and says he was visiting Ireland in 2007 when he criticised the government’s then information minister Alexsandar Vucic, who is now President of Serbia.

“I was advised that it was not safe to go back home, so I stayed and sought asylum here,” he says. He stayed in four direct provision centres in Dublin; New Ross, Co Wexford; Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo; and Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon. “I suppose I began recording for what is now the Asylum Archive from the beginning,” he says.

The Asylum Archive is an art, activist and academic platform that examines the notion of Direct Provision Centres; the localities and sites where asylum seekers are being held while in the process of seeking a refugee status. The Asylum Archive platform is the continuation of artist Vukašin Nedeljkovic’s ongoing work highlighting the injustices, confinement and incarceration of asylum seekers in Ireland. It is a significant work, creating a memory link with previous Irish Carceral sites including Magdalene Laundries, Industrial Schools, Mother and Baby Homes and Lunatic Asylums.

Nedeljkovic is a graduate of the Academy of Arts in Belgrade where he received a BA in Photography and he received an MA from Dun Laoghaire College of Art.

The exhibition officially launches at 7.30pm on April 05 in The Source Arts Centre Gallery. All welcome.

Gallery Opening Hours:

10am to 5pm from Tuesday to Friday

2pm to 5pm on Saturdays

0504 90204

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