Iran Time waiting for asylum: 5 years

Iran

Time waiting for asylum: 5 years

Sudan Time waiting for asylum: 1 year

Sudan

Time waiting for asylum: 1 year

Pakistan Time waiting for asylum: 8 months

Pakistan

Time waiting for asylum: 8 months

Democratic Republic of Congo Time waiting for asylum: 15 years

Democratic Republic of Congo

Time waiting for asylum: 15 years

Zimbabwe Time waiting for asylum: 21 years

Zimbabwe

Time waiting for asylum: 21 years

Palestine Time waiting for asylum: 5 months

Palestine

Time waiting for asylum: 5 months

Eritrea Time waiting for asylum: 7 years

Eritrea

Time waiting for asylum: 7 years

Azerbaijan Time waiting for asylum: 13 years  

Azerbaijan

Time waiting for asylum: 13 years

 

Syria Time waiting for asylum: 1.5 years

Syria

Time waiting for asylum: 1.5 years

Kurdistan Time waiting for asylum: 3 years

Kurdistan

Time waiting for asylum: 3 years

Lebanon Time waiting for asylum: 1.5 years

Lebanon

Time waiting for asylum: 1.5 years

Nigeria Time waiting for asylum: 10 years

Nigeria

Time waiting for asylum: 10 years

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Lingering Ghosts

What does it mean to be an asylum seeker in the UK? This was the starting point of Ivin’s research, which began at a drop in centre in Cardiff,  Wales and continued all over England. It  seeks to raise questions about how the UK’s migration system treats those who arrive in our country seeking safety.

The result is a book made up of hand scratched portraits, where the eyes have been erased: once arrived in the UK, these people find themselves in a state of limbo, having to await news of their application for asylum for months or even years. They become Lingering Ghosts. These physically scratched portraits attempt to convey the the cruel loss of self, and the frustration that befalls them as they wait to learn their fate.

Ivin’s work offers a contemplative take, away from the glaring lights of the media. His modified portraits simply and powerfully give a view on an issue that is often underreported: the plight of those that waiting for asylum.

Despite being represented without their eyes, these people do have an identity and we recognise them as fathers, mothers, sons and daughters – human beings, after all.

Produced in collaboration with Italian communication research centre, Fabrica. 

Lingering Ghosts photobook now available, Buy Here

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