EUROPAEUROPA BY PENNY BYRNE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Penny Byrne’s first ever European solo exhibition titled “#EuropaEuropa” opened on Friday, October 6th in Berlin, Germany. Seeking to highlight the perilous journey undertaken by large numbers of migrants across Europe, “#EuropaEuropa” aims to recreate the sheer quantity and desperation of those risking their lives by crossing the Mediterranean.  Adrift in an assortment of porcelain antique household serving plates, gravy boats, cups, and bowls, the figures are stranded around the gallery in various states of safety.  The crudely constructed bright orange rings that hang around the necks of the figurines are clumsily constructed, a statement from Byrne on the worrying trend of refugees being given fake or faulty lifejackets.  A number of solo figurines, often without floatation aids, lay separated from the main groups across the gallery floor and attached to nails in the walls; a tribute to those left behind and those who have become victims of such a perilous journey.

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#EuropaEuropa” will be on view until the 4th of November, 2017.