Since 2016 McCormack has visited hundreds of refugees in centres, camps, squats and shelters across Europe. He asked them to draw three drawings: one of their life before (YESTERDAY), one of their current life (TODAY), and one of their imagined future (TOMORROW).
Each of these drawings is a voice, an individuals story, that has been given a platform with which to be shared.
« YESTERDAY / TODAY / TOMORROW » started out as a conceptual art project with the intention of giving the refugee population their own singular, common voice by creating a visual language that can be communicated by every man, woman and child, independently of nationality, education, language or dialect spoken.
The performance is an active meditation of the experience of the refugees, opposed to a traditional voyeuristic approach, it is a chance to have their stories shared with dignity.
« YESTERDAY / TODAY / TOMORROW » has travelled extensively after it’s initial show at the 57th Venice Biennale, taking place in many countries across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, in festivals, schools, universities, institutions,…, before making it’s way here to Berlin for the first time. It is performed by the Performers from the Sheffield Hallam University.