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.

Kate Daudy's 'Am I My Brother's Keeper' at the Migration Museum in London.
© UNHCR/Kim Nelson

"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.

 


Follow the journey of 'Am I My Brother's Keeper?'

 

Across Europe

 

  • 'Am I My Brother's Keeper
' travels to Palermo! It is on display at the Chiesa Santa Rosalia, Via Maqueda until July.
    'Am I My Brother's Keepern' travels to Palermo! It is on display at the Chiesa Santa Rosalia, Via Maqueda until July. © Kate Daudy
  • Kate Daudy's work hanging above 'Am I My Brother's Keeper' on display at the Chiesa Santa Rosalia, Via Maqueda until July.
    Kate Daudy's work hanging above 'Am I My Brother's Keeper' on display at the Chiesa Santa Rosalia, Via Maqueda until July. © Kate Daudy
  • 'Am I My Brother's Keeperc' travels to Palermo! It is on display at the Chiesa Santa Rosalia, Via Maqueda until July.
    'Am I My Brother's Keepere' travels to Palermo! It is on display at the Chiesa Santa Rosalia, Via Maqueda until July. © Kate Daudy

 

Italy

April - July

Following Spain 'Am I My Brother's Keeper?' travelled eastwards to Italy, where it will be on display at Chiesa Santa Rosalia church, in the city of Palermo, until July.

 

  • 'Am I My Brother's Keeper
' on display at Iglesia del Seminario church in Segovia, Spain.
    'Am I My Brother's Keeper;' on display at Iglesia del Seminario church in Segovia, Spain. © Kate Daudy
  • Kate Daudy takes to the streets of Segovia, Spain to install written interventions with messages of hope.
    Kate Daudy takes to the streets of Segovia, Spain to install written interventions with messages of hope. © Kate Daudy
  • Kate Daudy takes to the streets of Segovia, Spain to install written interventions with messages of hope.
    Kate Daudy takes to the streets of Segovia, Spain to install written interventions with messages of hope. © Kate Daudy

 

Spain

December - January

Daudy's tent travelled to Spain, making appearences in churches and universities, including the Iglesia del Seminario in the city of Segovia.

UNHCR/Timea Vanka

In November 'Am I My Brother's Keeper ' makes an appearance at the AidEx conference in Brussels.  © 

Brussels

November - December

The European tour began in Brussels, where 'Am I My Brother's Keeper?' was installed at the AidEx Conference and Flagey concert hall.

 

Around the UK

Greece. Refugees and migrants arrive in Lesvos.

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.

 

Artist Kate Daudy talks with Laura Padoan and Gonzalo Vargas Llosa at the SOAS graduation ceremony.  © SOAS/Afiyah Alim

 

 

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."

 

  • Kate Daudy's 'Am I My Brother's Keeper' on display at the Migration Museum.
    Kate Daudy's 'Am I My Brother's Keeper' on display at the Migration Museum. © Kim Nelson
  • Artist Kate Daudy and UNHCR's Representative to the UK, Gonzalo Vargas Llosa, at the launch of 'Am I My Brother's Keeper' at the Migration Museum in London.
    Artist Kate Daudy and UNHCR's Representative to the UK, Gonzalo Vargas Llosa, at the launch of 'Am I My Brother's Keeper' at the Migration Museum in London. © UNHCR/Shina Animashaun
  • Maya Ghazal, a Syrian refugee, speaking at the launch of 'Am I My Brother's Keeper' at the Migration Museum.
    Maya Ghazal, a Syrian refugee, speaking at the launch of 'Am I My Brother's Keeper' at the Migration Museum. © UNHCR/Kim Nelson
  • Kate Daudy's 'Am I My Brother's Keeper' at the Migration Museum in London.
    Kate Daudy's 'Am I My Brother's Keeper' at the Migration Museum in London. © UNHCR/Kim Nelson

 

 

 

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.

 

One of our first events for Refugee Week was 'Gig in the Garden' in Hull where we supported Kate Daudy's (right) art installation 'Am I My Brother's Keeper '  © UNHCR/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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