Drawn from 3,680 entries from around the world Oliver, who was a finalist for our AFFAs in 2018, has won a place on the books shortlist with his work Escaping Wars and Waves: Encounters with Syrian Refugees.
Oliver’s drawings are combined with text that document the circumstances of Syrian refugees he met in Iraqi Kurdistan, Greece, France, England and Germany. The work is supposed to help raise awareness and to act as a platform for the people he encountered, on which they can share their experiences with a wider audience. The texts are based on transcripts of the recorded interviews and on personal observations.
There will be an exhibition of the shortlist at Somerset House in the summer – a huge array of techniques will be showcased among the 200 shortlisted projects this year, from 3D models, embroidery, animation, to large-scale interactive installations, as well as more traditional techniques of watercolours, pencils, woodcuts and digital illustration – can’t wait for that one!
Full shortlist here http://www.theaoi.com/wia