March 19th 2023
This Mother’s Day we are privileged to share two letters written by two sons to their mothers, from either side of The English Channel. The letters speak of universal feelings of love, yearning, loss and hope.
“Dear mother, My beloved mother, the one who gave birth to me - I miss you. How are you, how are things, how is your health? You have disappeared, I haven’t heard from you. How are you? How are my brothers? Is everything ok? Is everything peaceful? I’m okay, don’t worry about me. I have friends, I’m not alone. Don’t worry, I am fine. Peace be with you. Your son”
“Dear Moma I send you a lot of my love and I miss you so much, you and my brothers. How are you? Since I left I thinking about you and I miss my dad…. I love you all and I miss my friends Abody and Ahmed. We used to play at this time in our place in the town so I can’t express how I feel. But we are okay now, in a good place and with good people… I hope my mum is happy and safe. Meet soon. Much love to you all.”
These letters are currently exhibited as part of Letters of Refuge with permission of their authors. This exhibition gives voice to people at two points in history who have experienced persecution and displacement - with letters written in Art Refuge workshops in Folkestone, Kent and Calais, northern France last September in collaboration with Kings College Classics department, London University.
Letters of Refuge opens from 13 March: 📆 13-24 March ⏰ 10:00-18:00 📍The Arcade, Bush House, King’s College London (free entry)