The things we leave behind
From the series “The things we leave behind” documenting a research-based project that looks at migration. Using a collection of objects recently left behind by refugees in transition, artists Lais Pontes and Teresa Albor, are attempting to connect all of us, on a human level, with what it means to be forced to move to survive. By asking participants to choose something from the collection of found objects and carry it with them, the artists are asking the participants to connect with a single individual. And, indirectly, the artists are urging the participants to be more keenly aware of their own personal narratives, their own family history. These images focus on the objects, with participants as silent witnesses in the background. Through these images the viewer is invited to make their own connections.