Isobel Budler

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For the past two years I have been supporting refugees living in Calais. While originally my aid work was separate from my practice, before long they merged together. Over summer, a friend of mine living in a camp in Dunkirk encouraged me to start documenting my time with him and his family, thus began my current practice. Having worked with thousands of refugees over the past couple years, I use film and photography to document and share some of their stories. While police brutality is currently a daily occurrence in many of the camps, there is an over-whelming sense of optimism, solidarity and community. I have always had clear sense of why I am creating the work; to educate others on the inhumane living conditions that refugees are subjected to, and to counter the negative portrayal we are fed by the mainstream media.

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