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The Folding Room 2003

Rose Frain

The Folding Room
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These two works by Rose Frain were commissioned for a major project addressing the presence of migration and asylum seekers in the UK, called Strangers to Ourselves, which included 20 artists from 15 countries. Rose Frain was invited by the East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust to make a work that references the contribution of migrant workers in the NHS. The title of What I brought with me and the subjects and objects in the images are, among other things, references to the movement (journeying, fleeing) of migrants. The (hoped for) culmination of migration is arrival in a safe place. More literally, the asylum seeker seeks sanctuary, a place of refuge and shelter. The relevance of this work in terms of the political and social agenda of our built environment is clear. The environment of these images is the private space of a public organisation, the hospital. Some of the questions implied by this work are about the allocation of space and the hidden functions of our built environment(s), how we consider such things in relation to the individual - the migrant worker or asylum seeker, hidden from view, displaced. The Folding Room is a DVD that was made as part of this project. It is a film of the hands of someone who is folding a pile of emerald green sheets used in a hospital. This is a continuously repetitive process that is undertaken with great care and attention. Despite the contemplative rhythmic beauty of the action, the work draws attention to the fact that such basic tasks are essential for the continuous operation of any hospital and that such work is often undertaken by migrant workers.

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Purchased with funds from the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland which was originated and operated 2003-2006 by the Contemporary Art Society and supported by the National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council.
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