Traces Project

An untold history of contributions to arts and culture from men and women who have sought safety in the UK from conflict and persecution.

1940 

Kurt Schwitters

Kurt Schwitters is one of the major artists of European modernism, famous for his collage works in a technique he called ‘Merz.’

1975 

Mona Hatoum

Mona Hatoum is a Palestinian video artist and installation artist born in Lebanon who explores the harshness of life and exile using a variety of media.

1986 

M.I.A.

M.I.A. is an award winning recording artist who was born in Sri Lanka to Tamil parents. She is also a songwriter, painter and director.

1998 

Natasha Davis

Natasha Davis is a performance and visual artist whose work explores body, memory, identity and migration. Her embodied practice as performer informs her research as a subject through her own experiences of displacement and migration.

2002 

Maryam Hashemi

Maryam is a London-based Iranian artist whose work brings past and present together. Her subjects are mostly women.

2004 

Ibrahim Fakhri

Ibrahim Fakhri is a Syrian artist and curator primarily concerned with the civil activism in Syria and the Middle East. He has exhibited the graffiti of the Syrian Revolution in venues in Europe and the UK.