Bryan Mc Cormack: Yesterday/Today/Tomorrow: Traceability is Credibility

December 8 2017 – January 31 2018

Traceability is Credibility is a conceptual work on the current migrant phenomenon by Bryan Mc Cormack. The core of the project is the visualisation of the European Refugee Crisis: since only the refugees themselves can visualise and give voice to this humanitarian disaster, this work was created by the participation of hundreds of them. Mc Cormack has spent more than a year working with hundreds of refugees, in centres, camps, squats and shelters across Europe. Each refugee receives three sheets of paper and coloured pens and is invited to draw three sketches: one of their life before (Yesterday), one of their current life (Today) and one of their life imagined in the future (Tomorrow).

Specially created for Persistence Works, this video installation immerses spectators in these drawings; in the pasts, presents and futures of 45 different nationalities and 50 different languages. By participating in the creation of these drawings, the refugees are leaving their own trace, creating their own contemporary culture and voice as they lose all traceability of their inherited culture. Traceability is Credibility, without it, the  existence of a people disappears. Each refugee drawing counts. Each refugee drawing is a voice. Every voice counts.

This pan-European work arrives in Sheffield for the first time having been part of the 57th Biennale in Venice.

Bryan Mc Cormack was born in Dublin in 1972, and now lives and works in Paris. He has mainly created works dealing with specifically social and political subject matters. He has had solo and group shows in venues such as the Centre Pompidou and UNESCO, Paris, the Empire Gallery, London, and the Museo Chopin, Valldemossa. One of his   monumental public works is permanently installed in the park of Saint-Cloud, Paris.



Persistence Works, Yorkshire Artspace, 21 Brown Street, Sheffield, S1 2BS

10:00-16:00 Monday to Saturday.


Please note the gallery is closed from 1pm on Friday 22nd December until the 3rd January




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