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Experience journey made by Syrian refugees, in new exhibition

Altered Landscapes, at Watermans in Brentford, uses photos, film and soundscapes to give a true reflection of their passage to safety

Altered Landscapes, by Juan delGado, follows the journey made by thousands of Syrian refugees(Image: Juan delGado)

You can experience the journey made by thousands of Syrian refugees at a free immersive exhibition combining photography, film and soundscapes.

Altered Landscapes, showing at Watermans in Brentford from April 1 - May 29, focuses not on the those fleeing war in their native country, but on the terrain they cross in search of safety.

Spanish artist Juan delGado followed their route into Europe through Greece, immersing himself in their stories, to record a more intimate portrayal of what it is really like wandering across unfamiliar territory with little idea what lies ahead.

Rather than photographing the refugees themselves, whose images fill our TV screens and newspapers, he chose to dwell on the fleeting moments and marks left on the land these "invisible" people pass through.

Juan delGado filming for Altered Landscapes, at Watermans in Brentford

Inspired by Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis, the project centres on a personal diary by a European subject, who describes how his human identity is gradually dissolving and transforming in response to the suffering he witnesses.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of workshops led by delGado and The Paper Project and a symposium on May 21 looking at issues of displacement and migration.

Syrian children joined demonstrators in Westminster in February during a conference on the refugee crisis.

Altered Landscapes is at Watermans arts centre, in High Street, Brentford , from April 1 - May 29.

For full details of the exhibition and dates and times of the workshops, visit the Watermans website .

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