To coincide with our focus on Human Rights that surround the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we are delighted to showcase ’15 days’ by Imran Perretta.
At a time when social and political unheaval continues to create an ever increasing displacement of people around the globe, Imran Perretta’s film ’15 days’ examines how the face of the refugee has been dehumanised, often anonymised and frequently demonised.
’15 days’ is inspired by the time Imran Perretta spent in Calais with former inhabitants of the refugee camp known as the Jungle, who had dispersed to surrounding woodland. The title of the piece is not a measure of the length of his stay there, but rather, the alias of one of the people who he became friends with – and a comment of how time slips by when waiting interderminately, in the hope of a new and better life.
Perretta pictures this state of limbo through the otherworldly medium of the computer-generated image, creating a compelling video which captures the intense emotions of living on the edge while bringing them to the centre of our thoughts.
’15 days’ was commissioned for the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2018: ‘Unintended Consequences’, a collaboration between Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Film and Video Umbrella. ’15 days was previously screened at Art Exchange in 2018 and is brought back for a new generation of students.