Kate Daudy

London-based artist Kate Daudy's 'Am I My Brother's Keeper' began life as a UNHCR refugee tent. Now it has toured the UK, bringing its message of hope to people across the country.


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"I decided that I was going to try to convey some of the lessons that I'd learned about being a human being from the refugees to people around me in my community"

Credit: Odessa Rae

 

About Kate

Kate Daudy is a London-based artist who created 'Am I My Brother's Keeper?' She transformed a UNHCR tent from Za'atari camp in Jordan, into an art installation that speaks of the dignity and hope of refugees.

UNHCR organised for Daudy to visit several camps and sites on different occasions where she met with the displaced, activists, war-wounded, volunteers, doctors, diplomats and other aid organisations. She asked them about their experience of the refugee crisis, and their observations about home and identity rising from it. 

The courage, perseverance and dignity of the people she met struck Daudy deeply, and these positive core human qualities -- along with the terrible collateral results of war, climate change, hatred and violence, which the refugees have gone through -- have become the overriding message of the tent. We can all help one another. We are all connected. Our life is what our thoughts make it.

The crochet elements of the tent were made by women in Syria and transported to London in often circuitous circumstances. Daudy commissioned the circles to create an enormous tree of hope, as well as bushes of hollyhocks, so that the tent is inscribed with work and words of the refugees themselves.

 


 

'Am I My Brother's Keeper?' journey around the UK

Credit: Pete Jones

 

 

Edinburgh

August 16 - 18

Kate Daudy's tent travelled to Scotland, to join in the celebrations for the largest arts festival in the world, the Edinburgh International Festival. The tent pitched up at the EICC centre, to accompany the dance performance Requiem for Aleppo.

 

 

 

SOAS 

July 24 - 28

Daudy's work once again took centre stage during SOAS's graduation ceremonies.

SOAS Director, Baroness Valerie Amos said: “It is fitting that this artwork should be at SOAS for this year’s graduation ceremonies.  SOAS students have played a leading role in campaigning on refugee issues and supporting refugee families in the UK."

 

 

 

Migration Museum

June 22 - 25

‘Am I My Brother’s Keeper?’ returned to London's Migration Museum, where it formed the centrepiece of our celebration of Refugee Week. The evening event included speeches from Kate Daudy, UNHCR's UK Representative Gonzalo Vargas Llosa, and Syrian refugee, Maya Ghazal.

 

 

 

Hull

June 17

To kick off Refugee Week, we made the trip up to the 'city of culture' to join Syrian refugee Maya Ghazal and the artist herself Kate Daudy, for Hull's 'Gig in the Garden'.

 

 

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