I am human: precarious journeys


From 18 – 20 November, documentary filmmaker Professor Sue Clayton presented a multimedia video installation responding to three perilous spaces refugees fleeing conflict to the UK must navigate: the sea, the national border and the camp.

Refugee sits on sofa watching bonfire of materials from the Calais 'Jungle', shortly before the camp was dismantled in October 2016.
Still from Prof Sue Clayton's short film, 'The Camp', shot in the Calais 'Jungle' days before it was dismantled in October 2016.

Featuring three short films activated by movement and music by Brian Eno, the exhibition showcased Prof Clayton’s practice research and activism. Much of the footage was taken in the weeks prior to the exhibition, documenting the final days of the Calais ‘Jungle’.

“Thank you so much – fascinating, enlightening + inspiring. A call to action”

Visitor feedback.

Over 100 people attended the opening night, where Professor Clayton gave a talk introducing the work and situating it within her documentary filmmaking practice and her recent experiences helping children escape the camp.

167 people attended across the three days and the exhibition led to Prof Clayton being invited to show her videos at the launch of Ai Weiwei’s new installation Foundations at the Lisson Gallery, one of London’s most exclusive commercial art galleries.

Visitors’ impressions in their own words:

“Made me cry. Very well done. Sensitive.”

“Excellent – thank you. Has made me very angry!”

“Great inspiration and enthusiasm, such great insight into the Calais Jungle camp great to be invited. I felt like going on that precarious journey”

The exhibition was part of and funded by Being Human 2016, a national festival of the humanities.