Representation in United Kingdom

Exhibition: Displaced Connections


Sarah Hickson - Clowns without Borders

Photographs by Sarah Hickson

In April 2016 and February 2017 arts and documentary photographer Sarah Hickson travelled to refugee camps in Northern Greece and Serbia with Clowns Without Borders UK to document the powerful impact of their work with children and families living in crisis.  

11/04/2018 - 10:00 to 20/04/2018 - 18:00

Working as part of a small professional team of experienced, imaginative and sensitive theatre practitioners skilled in physical theatre, clowning and leading workshops, Sarah witnessed the power of theatre to forge a vital human connection. For families living in precarious situations, the chance for children to laugh and play restores their rights simply to be children.  Sarah’s photographs capture joyous and moving exchanges and a sense of hope, within the context of fragile yet resilient communities living in the most challenging of circumstances.

Sarah Hickson is a London-based arts and documentary photographer whose practice focuses on artists & performance, & the role of the arts from a wider social or humanitarian perspective. Much of her recent work explores themes of migration, displacement, transition & cultural exchange; she is interested in the relationship between people, place & context, & capturing moments of engagement, emotion & connection. She has worked on photographic commissions, residencies & personal projects in West & North Africa (Mali, Senegal, Burkina Faso, the Sahara Desert & Morocco), India, Europe & around the UK – collaborating with theatre companies, choreographers, musicians, festivals & NGOs. In Summer 2017 she had a solo exhibition at St. Ann’s Warehouse in NYC of her photographs of a collaborative music project in the refugee camps of Northern France.

Clowns Without Borders UK (CWB UK) is an arts led charity whose mission is to use laughter to alleviate the suffering of children and communities in crisis, including refugee camps, conflict zones and areas of natural disaster. Their child-centered performances support the emotional well-being of kids and provide invaluable moments of respite, connection and play when they need it the most. By doing this, CWB recognises, despite the trauma or difficulties children face, they have the right to have fun and relax; CWB supports children to simply be, children.