This is Souras' fourth such igloo. After watching the distressing news reports about the plight of the refugees, Souras wrote to the mayor of Lesbos in 2016 and asked for some of the used life jackets to be sent to him. In his free time, he built a framework for his first igloo and assembled it after sewing 52 life jackets together. “As I am partially Greek, I was more aware of the issue as it was developing in Greece, with Lesbos especially receiving high numbers of refugees and needing to be very actively involved in their hosting,” he explains.
The first igloo was exhibited at the Maritime Museum of Barcelona and a video installation about the project was shown at the Saatchi Gallery in London and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Subsequently, Souras has made two other small igloos that have been presented in Spain, Italy and South Africa. Future displays are planned for La Triennale in Milan, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg and the Museum of Tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro.
“The project is a symbolic and artistic gesture that can become a practical reality but is also there to make the viewer stop and think about doing something regarding these issues,” adds Souras.
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