Richard Brooks - Reflective Journal

Richard Brooks - Reflective Journal

About the Artist RWB Journal

My work is informed by my personal faith, sense of vulnerability, bereavement, and, my personal experience.

My practice centres on addressing social justice issues of the human condition. I avoid making work of any individual person; so that neither, is the individual stigmatised, nor is the work unduly personalised.

Since January 2012 I have used this blog as part of my reflective journal.
Included in this journal is some of my documentation of my research; the underlined text provides links to web pages etc that have formed part of my research.
The Research Visits category includes some responses to gallery visits.

Sanctuary Sunday - Ipswich - 2012-06-24

Research VisitPosted by Richard Tue, June 26, 2012 18:11:15
This Sanctuary Sunday event was also part of the Refugee Week celebrations.

I was especially moved by the Ice and Fire Asylum Monologues about two individuals:

- the refugee form the Congo made destitute by the UK Border Agency's lack of compassion and understanding

and

- the refugee, who had fled for her life from Uganda, having to leave chidden and family and forced to flee in the later stages of pregnancy.

These testimony's were truly shocking, how refugees, including young children are detained, imprisoned, the apparent lack of even basic understanding and sympathy on the part of the UK border Agency - and I fully endorse how the Mayor of Ipswich responded: "Not in my name!"

The other item that made a deep impact on me was the personal testimony of the Bishop of Kigali [Rwanda], Louis Muvunyi - how he had escaped the genocide by being in Tanzania at the time and how his sister had escaped to sanctuary in Hotel Mille Collines.

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