She uses real stories and thermal photography of a boy smuggled in a suitcase as well as groups of refugees crossing borders, as the basis for her artworks . Even though refugees are individuals, policy makers and the media tend to treat them as a group, as a collective. This way of categorising refugees then filters down to the host population who see refugees as 'them/other', in opposition to 'us', with all the threatening repercussions that such a perception leads to.
Raquel's humanist approach responds to the refugee issue using art, science and the renaissance. She believes that art, using multi-sensory media, can be the means to enable audiences to challenge the process of integration that is rapidly disappearing in our fast-paced world. Her work is willing to respond to, increase awareness of and create a critical thinking about how integration and economic well being needs to be addressed for those human beings who find themselves having to flee their home country and who are ultimately survivors.
Says the artists: "In order to promote the process of acculturation (the process by which both hosts and refugees adjust to each others' cultures), a more humane approach is needed in which refugees are given the base they need to integrate their experiences, in order to ensure they are treated with dignity and compassion, rather than hostility and misinformation".
Raquel Chinchetru, originally from the Rioja region of northern Spain, lives and works in London. Her interests lie in both Psychology and Art as reflected in her academic career, She has both a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Psychology, a Master's degree in colour theory applied to organisational psychology, a Master's degree in Health Psychology and a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art from the Sir John Cass School, London Metropolitan University.
Category: Arts | Visual Arts | Galleries / Art.
Artist / Speaker: Raquel Chinchetru.