Message In A Bottle is a participatory art project that includes a large interactive room installation, video & audio works, photography and workshops. It was commissioned by the Socially Engaged Art Salon and was created by Jane Lancashire and Gil Mualem-Doron. The project includes also a recorded testimony by Hummingbird Refugee Project's young leader Mohamad Aljasem.
The project aims to engage participants and audiences with the reality of the continuous deaths of ten of thousands of migrants and refugees in the Mediterranean Sea on their way to sanctuary in Europe.
It was created as a collaborative of around 200 contributors, writing messages of love and solidarity on recycled plastic bottles which were then modified to resemble giant “water droplets” and used as the central components of an immersive room installation.
The many contributors and participants (so far) have included refugees, volunteers on search and rescue ships, refugee support groups and community organisations, plus members of the public from East Sussex and all over the world. By May 2021, 2100 pieces were created for the installation - representing the number of lost lives since the beginning of 2020.
You can book timed entry slots to see the exhibition here.
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