2020 | 17' | color | 16:9
Withering Refuge is a film-essay that problematises the visual representation and plight of different populations living in Zambia’s Meheba Refugee Settlement and in its mining surroundings. The piece explores the way in which the spaces of refuge are dramatically withering. Extracting and processing ore while extracting and processing humans and non-humans alike is not a simple metaphor.
This film looks at the contingencies and representations of refuge in relation to environmental change as an (in)direct result of extractive operations. It problematises the growing number of enclaves created for those seeking refuge, which in turn, compromise existing ones. It explores the idea of displaced in place, that is, of displacement without moving. Before the movement of people, it is the very place they live in that, due to environmental change, slips away.