Scorched Earth

In 2019, Migrate Art visited refugee camps in Iraq to meet some of the thousands of people our projects benefit. We were struck by the vast burnt fields of crops that we saw across the region.

It has been estimated that around 75,000 acres of crops have been burnt across Iraq the past few months- costing the nation tens of millions of dollars.

It is commonly believed that these crops are being torched as intimidation tactics by militia groups, most likely ISIS.

The Migrate Art team successfully collected and transported ash from the burnt fields in Iraq back to London. We have worked with Jackson’s Art Supplies to produce high quality oil and acrylic paints, using this ash as pigment. This paint will be sent to the world’s leading artists for them to create a new work, including Anish Kapoor, Rachel Whiteread, Antony Gormley, Mona Hatoum and Raqib Shaw. Artworks will be sold as part of Christie’s Post War and Contemporary Day Sale in October 2020 to raise funds for our charity partners.