“Art work designed by detainees in Yarls Wood Immigration Removal Centre
‘Origami Art in Immigration Detention’ installation by Joanne Vincett, OU Faculty of Business and Law
The artworks in this exhibit were crafted by five Chinese women detained in Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre. Their duration in detention ranged from four months to fourteen months while their cases were pending. Three of them were detained multiple times before they were removed from the UK or released back in the British community.
The artworks in this exhibit are displayed in locked metal cages, intended for small animals, symbolising the secured spaces of confinement and control where the art was produced. Art created in detention can be seen as a means of coping with anxiety and uncertainty. The practice of paper folding art (also known as “origami”) may help mitigate the negative impact of an indefinite detention regime on detainees’ mental health and emotional well-being.
Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th June.”
A CCOW featured event