Henna Asikainen

I have developed art works with refugee and asylum seeker groups living in the North East. Through my work with refugee community, I became acutely aware of the paradoxical disparity regarding international discussions on climate change and its social aspects as a cause for migration. Although global warming is recognised as the biggest threat to humanity, from a legal perspective, climate refugees simply don’t exist. There is currently no recognised legal framework that accounts for the needs and rights of those affected and climate change as a driver of this migration is rarely recognised let alone given a voice. My intention is to raise these issues in the project and artistic outcomes.

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