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Teresa Albor & Laís Pontes

The things we leave behind

20th November 2016 - 15th January 2017




The things we leave behind is an evolving project. Using a collection of objects recently left behind on the Greek island of Lesvos by refugees in transition, artists Laís Pontes and Teresa Albor, are attempting to connect all of us, on a human level, with what it means to be forced to move to survive.

When we find things that others leave behind, we can only guess what the object meant to its owner, we can only imagine why it was abandoned; we have no way of knowing where the person connected with the object is now.

The objects left behind by those fleeing conflict are being used to start a conversation. The artists have shared them with young people in the UK and Kabul and asked them to react in writing or by making art, they have also photographed the objects and used them as props in videos. As part of the project, Pontes and Albor have also asked a variety of people to “adopt” objects and documented their responses.

At m2 gallery, The things we leave behind takes the form of an installation of the objects Pontes and Albor have been working with, along with film, writing and photographs generated from the objects.

For more information please see The things we leave behind