Bern O’Donoghue: the approachable Banksy

More about Bern’s mission to change narrative on the refugee crossing:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/11/they-need-and-deserve-our-help-introducing-the-refugee-crossing-art-project?CMP=share_btn_tw

Although a lot of attention has been given to the return of Banksy’s Mural to Folkestone, I think that more appreciation needs to be given to Bern O’Donoghue for his brilliant paper boat project. His art work is attractive enough to not seem a form of harassment and can be dispersed widely, given their availability on many forms of transport around England. The design of these boats are very relative to the message that Bern wanted to convey, a symbolic and current piece of artwork that viewers can take home with them. I appreciate Bansky’s art work immensely, enough to get a selfie with one of my Bristol favourites…

… but the movable and personable capacity Bern has involved in his political art is something  that brings the issue home, literally and emotionally.

Mrs VB explains how she got involved in Bern’s work:

“The main reason I got involved with this project was to help challenge the extremely negative narrative that has come constantly from the media directed at this crisis. When words such as immigrant, migrant and even refugee begin to be used in a pejorative sense, something is very, very wrong. I think the boats are a powerful image and placing them in places where people are travelling is pertinent. If just one person picks up one of the boats I’ve placed, reads the caption and it makes them think, then I feel like I have done something.” – MrsVB

What we often forget is that refugees are humans too, and Bern’s emphasis on the words ‘Mother’, ‘Father’, ‘Brother’, puts into perspective that they are just as deserving of safety and shelter as ourselves. A massive congratulations to Bern O’Donoghue for producing what I consider a great innovative project, art as it should be, personable, approachable and close to home, as our attitude towards our fellow human beings should be too.

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