view on forum with works of the Aquilizans
Isabel Aquilizan helping out a young child with making a boat
3 children of migrants making a cardboard boat
row of old travels suitcases
detail of the art installation
group of adolescents showing their boats in front of the Medusa painting
art installation Aquilizan
Alfredo and Isabel working with the kids
Finished boat carried by one of the participants to be added to the installation
Alfredo at work
happy girl showing her cardboard boat
Migrant children adding their boat to the installation
detail of the installation

A parallel project organised by the museum presents the work of contemporary artists Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan. This artistic duo, who themselves emigrated from the Philippines to Australia, often explore the themes of displacement and migration.

They focus not only upon unique individual narratives, but also on relationships with the 'other' in a new environment.

The artists involve young people and migrants in their projects via workshops and collaborate with them on a large-scale installation

The notions of migration, transport and movement are reflected in the artists' preference for recycled domestic goods and materials relating to travel.

Installations are rarely finished for the opening and every visitor to the exhibition is invited to add to this perpetual work in progress.

The correlation between the harsh reality of events near Lampedusa, Italy, and the Raft of the Medusa is evident and links in with '50 Years of Migration' in Ghent.

Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan at work with the children

Finished boat carried by one of the participants to be added to the installation

Alfredo at work

Finished!

Migrant children adding their boat to the installation

Detail of the installation