Making Do

Solo Exhibition Sullivan+Strumpf
Sydney Contemporary 2015

Installation image at Sydney Contemporary by Mark Pokorney

Images below by Mick Richards

In April this year I traveled to the Syrian border with an art project, to mentor over 350 Syrian refugees under the age of fifteen. I was faced with a colourful, extraordinary landscape and the most beautiful, hospitable people you could meet, juxtaposed with centuries of history and tragedy. Thousands of refugees are making do with whatever they have.

The area I worked in was surrounded with fields of wild red poppies. In local folklore, these represent an area of bloodshed. The wall drawing of the magnified poppy fields was made while working in Reyhanli and turned upside down for printing on the walls of the Sydney contemporary booth, reminding me of the bombs that land in the area.