The Spanish contemporary artist PEJAC is taking action by creating a major installation named “Landless Stranded” on top of Berlins’ church the “Heilig Kreuz Kirche” in the middle of Kreuzberg, to raise awareness to the current global refugee crisis. Clinging on to the huge cross with one hand and holding a smoking flare in the other, a little boy wearing a life jacket is calling for help.
‘‘The best way for me to connect to the world is through art’’, says Pejac. ‘‘This new installation speaks of all the people who, even on land, feel adrift.’’
▼高举烟火的小男孩，the little boy holding a smoking flare ©Pejac
Opposite the church Pejac installed binoculars enabling viewers to take a closer look at the imperiled kid. Considering the distance to him, that comes in rather handy. However, anyone who cares to contemplate the use of this device may realize that metaphorically too, there is a distance between ‘us’ and those we are unfamiliar with and often fearful of. Between us and the Other. To alleviate any uneasiness felt, it’s worth scanning the QR code on the binoculars which leads straight to the link to donate to the German NGO Sea-Watch, that has saved thousands of people trying to cross the Mediterranean.
The installation not only calls attention to the plight of refugees, it is also a preface to Pejac’s long-awaited upcoming show APNEA in a former train manufacturing facility in Berlin (Modersohnstraße 35-45, 30th of October – 7th of November). Lottery tickets for the purchase of limited-edition prints will be sold at this exhibition and part of the proceeds from this sale will be donated to Sea-Watch. For this project, Pejac has joined forces with Sea-Watch, DOJO Cares, the foundation of Berlin based creative agency whose office is inside the church as well as with the Heilig-Kreuz-Kirche, whose charity work in Kreuzberg aimed at helping refugees, the homeless and the poor, is gladly hosting the Installation.
▼装置象征难民困境，the installation symbolizes the plight of refugees ©Pejac
According to the United Nations, at the end of 2020, there were 82.4 million people worldwide who were forcibly displaced as a result of violence, persecution or human rights violations. As EU migration policy becomes ever harsher, pushbacks of migrants on land and at sea are becoming increasingly normal, turning the continent into a fortress. “People still die every day in the Mediterranean Sea seeking refuge in Europe and with German elections and the pandemic ruling the news cycle, we try to bring this topic back to international attention.” says DOJO Cares.
▼黄昏下的装置，the installation at dusk ©Pejac