Lachie Hinton 'Lifejacket Vendor'

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Lachie Hinton 'Lifejacket Vendor'

250.00

2016, graphite on paper, 40 x 60cm

In 2016 Lachie Hinton traveled to Europe to document the largest refugee crisis since WWII. With a camera and sketchbook in hand, Hinton followed the refugee trail from Istanbul to Chios, Lesbos, Athens and Idomeni, documenting the individual stories behind news headlines around the globe. 

Hinton's humane expressionist style recalls the German Expressionists' sincere depictions of war. The Lifejacket Vendor offers a glimpse of the lifejacket trade, the dubious characters offering their wares and the difficult decision parents face as try to decide whether they should buy a child's lifejacket which may not help them float at all. 

Hinton’s incongruous images of idyllic Greek islands dotted with displaced people reframes the current political debate, humanising the thousands of displaced Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans who have undertaken the journey into Europe.  

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