Aida Silvestri
Even this will Pass

12 March - 26 April 2014

Roman Road

London, UK

Past exhibition

Roman Road in association with Autograph ABP presents Even This Will Pass; a pioneering artistic venture by Eritrean-born, London based artist Aida Silvestri.

A limited edition exhibition catalogue is available in the Autograph ABP Shop

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.

Autograph ABP is 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. The artist will also be releasing her first book to be purchasable at the show. Even This Will Pass opens on March 12, 2014 and will be on display through April 26th.

About the project

I wanted to find a way to tell these stories… to discuss the journeys people made. [But] people were frightened to talk about their experiences. I wanted to show this fear, and I wondered how I could do this through photography. In the end I decided to blur the faces by defocusing the lens. The people may not be there physically but their soul is there. Mapping the journeys graphically allows the viewer to trace these journeys...In the early days [of the regime] people took a plane but others travelled on foot and by car to a point where they could catch a plane. The journeys have become increasingly difficult.

Aida Silvestri in the British Journal of Photography, discussing Even This Will Pass

What the press says

A small London exhibition throws a tiny light on one of the most shocking and undercovered stories of our times...The Eritrean-born photographer’s portraits of 10 Eritreans who escaped and made it to London show no faces and sometimes do not give real names. They are blurred images, overlain with a coloured thread that charts their escape route. Each picture is accompanied by a text summarising, briefly, their unspeakable experiences. Their experiences are sad, poignant, shocking.

Hopefully, even this will pass, OneWorld

Visitor Comments

Thought-provoking & emotional exhibition from Aida Silvestri. A powerful exhibition in a small, beautiful, unassuming space!

Davey Brett

Aida Silvestri has an outstanding show at Roman Road. Unmissable!

Armando Ribeiro

Just been to see Aida Silvestri's exhibition on Roman Road - absolutely fantastic

Bindi Vora

In partnership with

Roman Road

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.


Curated by

Renée Mussai

As Curator and Head of Archive at Autograph ABP, Renée Mussai oversees the Archive and Research Centre’s programmes. She is currently a PhD candidate in Art History at UCL.

Mark Sealy

Mark Sealy MBE is the Director of Autograph ABP. He is currently a PhD candidate at Durham University, his research focuses on photography and cultural violence.


Aida Silvestri
Artist talk and Catalogue Signing

Tue 1 April 2014, from 5pm

Roman Road Project Space, London

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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.

Additional Info

Roman Road
69 Roman Road
London, E2 0QN

Open Wed - Sat, 11am - 7pm
Other times by appointment

Phone: 020 8981 7075
Email: info@romanroad.com
Website: http://www.romanroad.com

  • Installation of Even This Will Pass At Roman Road Project Space
  • Installation of Even This Will Pass At Roman Road Project Space
  • Limited edition exhibition catalogue