Travis Somerville's new series, "The Lost Voices", in the fair's Dialogue Section, curated by Miguel Amado. "The Lost Voices" looks at England's Home Children Program, which started in 1869, and which sent over 100,000 children to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and South Africa.
Travis Somerville's new series "The Lost Voices" looks at England's "Home Children Program", which started in 1869, and which sent over 100,000 children to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and South Africa. Although starting out as a legitimate charity to help orphaned children, it clearly turned quickly into a force of providing child labor for these countries. The artist's installation consists of drawings on various media, including paper, children's christening gowns, as well as on other found objects and ephemera. Images, mostly children portraits, are sourced from actual photographs of these children, as well as through appropriation and reproducing poster images from the "Waifs and Strays Society of London". The artist also incorporates images of Syrian refugee children who are currently living in France, and are trying to immigrate to England. By using found, vintage objects, the artist seeks to tap into our collective historical memory, using it as a catalyst for discussion on current issues.