The Refugees’ Crisis

An art installation by Terence Quinn exhibited at the UAL Camberwell MA Show 2017


An artwork inspired by a true story of refugees escaping harrowing lives in their homeland, and eventually striving to reach mainland Europe by sea. On a boating weekend off Lampedusa, the Italian island’s optician, his wife Teresa and three other couples came across hundreds in the water. ‘The Refugees’ Crisis’ narrates the experience of Leo a refugee rescued from the clutches of the sea after a perilous crossing from Libya, and Teresa who was hospitalised by the emotional torment haunting her afterwards.  

The artwork consists of two life size 3D scanned and printed busts of both Leo and Teresa, a binaural sound recording, and holograms of the refugees in the water, projected into the exhibition space as seen through Mixed Reality glasses, the Microsoft HoloLens. The exhibit is also complimented by a three-minute video with binaural sound, best listened to with headphones.


BBC Radio 4 featured a broadcast on this work:

iPM – The refugees’ crisis

A contemporaneous news report can be found at:

The newscaster and BBC European correspondent Emma Jane Kirby wrote the nominated Waterstones Book of the Year 2016 ‘The Optician of Lampedusa’ which inspired this art installation. Copies are available during the exhibition for a donation to Oxfam. The donation link is:

Alternatively, the book can be ordered from either of the following links:

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