Artist talk and Catalogue Signing
Tue 1 April 2014, from 5pm
Roman Road Project Space
Please joins us for a catalogue signing with Aida Silvestri on the occasion of her exhibition Even This Will Pass. At 6:30pm, the artist will be in conversation with Renée Mussai.
Even This Will Pass is a pioneering artistic venture by Eritrean-born, London based artist Aida Silvestri. Comprised of 10 photographic portraits, the exhibition tells the journeys of Eritrean refugees in their exoduses to find better stability and hope in the United Kingdom. Silvestri’s project aims to raise awareness of human trafficking in an emotive tribute to her sitters and to the plights of these refugees whose voices too often remain unheard.
With a unique and conceptual approach that preserves the dignity of her sitters, Silvestri blurs the portraits of the survivors, upon which she hand-stitches their routes graphically in coloured thread. Their corresponding paths are amalgamated together on a large map, highlighting the diverse and encumbered journeys they faced. Each portrait is further matched with an accompanying text, detailing individual experiences in a short yet poignant written passage. The title of the project Even This Will Pass reflects a sentiment of hope, written on a wall on Mount Sinai by displaced Eritreans during their journeys. With this body of work, Silvestri hopes their voices will be heard.
We are delighted to announce the publication of a collaborative accompanying catalogue, which will feature an essay by Renée Mussai, Curator and Head of Archive at Autograph ABP. This is the artist's first book.
Part of the exhibition
In partnership with
Roman Road consists of a newly established gallery collaborating with emerging and mid-career visual artists. It creates and produces unique projects and each exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue. Although Roman Road is located in Bethnal Green, London, it is developing a program of pop-up events in Belgium and other European cities to meet its engagements internationally.
The gallery's general ambition is to bolster artists with a single approach and to provide them with the opportunity to work within a group of young yet specialised and talented individuals to conceive projects of outstanding quality.
About the artist
Aida Silvestri studied photography at Kensington and Chelsea College and is continuing her studies with a BA (Hons) in the subject at the University of Westminster, London. She was voted one of the British Journal of Photography’s two Best of Show Winners at the Free Range exhibition, London in 2013. Her work concerns sensitive issues of ethnicity, culture, politics and identity and explores new and unique approaches of documentary photography in order to raise awareness.
Book your place
This event is free, however seating is limited.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 31 March.
69 Roman Road
London, E2 0QN
Phone: 020 8981 7075