Passion for Freedom award.

Lindsay Terhorst North's installation Eve in Exile has been shortlisted for the 7th annual Passion for Freedom award. The gala award ceremony will take place at The Mall Galleries in London on the 25th of September.

Nine months on from the tragic shootings at the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, the art community comes together in London to celebrate freedom. The purpose of the Passion for Freedom festival will be to reflect upon the many struggles and obstacles to free speech faced throughout the year. The 17 journalists and bloggers killed so far in 2015 will naturally be a discussion point of the festival. You will see uncensored art from the UK, Continental Europe and around the world, which aims to promote human rights, highlight injustice, celebrate artistic freedom of expression and freedom of speech.

Lindsay Terhorst North Statement for Installation - Eve in Exile

As a mixed media painter and installation artist, Lindsay Terhorst North explores issues of identity, displacement and personal meaning. She explains:

During the Second World War, a young Dutch girl, Mary Gabrielse was interned in a Japanese war camp in Indonesia with her mother and sister. She was my grandmother, my beloved Oma. Her gruelling experiences and the stories she shared stayed with me and I remembered being in awe of her and what she had endured.

My Oma’s illustrations of life during this period and her mother’s journal were heart rendering but exhibited the strength, resilience, creativity and humour, which helped them cope and find purpose during a time of suffering, humiliationand loss.

My installation was created to capture that hope, spirit and courage, translating the suffering into something inspiring and transcendent; an unbroken spirit! It had particularsignificance as The Orchid, a national flower of Indonesia and memorial flower for war in the Dutch East Indies, symbolised strength and survival during that time. By using barbed wire, copper, canvas, water colour paper, ink, coffee, bed linen and vintage cases impressed on me how desolate these women must have felt to lose almost everything and, in many cases, their lives.

It was so hard for my Oma to remember a time of freedom before war broke out, but she survived and hope kept her alive. The painful memories have stayed with her all of her life and those who did not make it are forever in her thoughts. My Oma, my brave, brave Oma!

Just as I wonder

whether it’s going to die,

the orchid blossoms

By Sam Hamill

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