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In an upcoming exhibition titled "Leviathan" at Salisbury Cathedral, artist Shezad Dawood will display artwork featuring personal possessions retrieved from the Mediterranean seabed after

migrant ships sank.

The showcased paintings include poignant items like photographs and passports retrieved from the depths, paying homage to both the lives lost and those rescued. Dawood aims to evoke reflection among visitors, encouraging contemplation on humanity's shared empathy and unity.

This diverse exhibition incorporates an array of art forms including paintings, textiles, videos, and sculptures. One striking piece, "Where do we go now?" provokes contemplation on the legacy of Magna Carta, highlighting the rights and freedoms of refugees. A sculpture portraying sailors encountering a whale, symbolizing the state, underscores the tension between them, mirroring labor and threats to their vessel's destruction.

Moreover, the exhibition delves into deeper themes, showcasing short films set in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. These films explore the interconnectedness between all life forms and the Earth, inviting viewers to contemplate the interplay among migration, mental health, and climate change.

Shezad Dawood emphasizes the necessity of empathy, not solely for fellow human beings but also for the diverse ecosystems impacted by human actions.

"Leviathan" will be on display until February 3rd, offering an immersive experience that invites reflection on migration, mental well-being, and environmental stewardship. Photo by Markharoldrosueno1984, Wikimedia commons.