When refugee boats land on European beaches, people almost always leave personal items in them. For the owners, these items had (or have) great significance: they were intended to secure their survival, accompany them on their life-threatening journey and to protect them from mishap. Thomas Kilpper and Massimo Ricciardo show a collection of these highly diverse objects - silent witnesses of a perilous crossing.
Thomas Kilpper, born 1956 in Stuttgart, lives and works in Berlin. International exhibitions of his work among others in the Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (2012), the Berliner Herbstsalon, Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin (2013), Kunsthaus Hamburg (2014) and Palazzo Donà Brusa, 56th Biennale di Venezia (2015).
Massimo Ricciardo, born 1979 in Darmstadt, lives and works in Turin. International exhibitions of his work among others at the Raffaele De Grada Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, San Gimignano (2013), das weisse haus, Vienna (2014), Pavillion Social, Kunstverein Lucca (2014) and Palazzo Donà Brusa, 56th Biennale di Venezia (2015).