CURRENTLY WORKING ON :
An international research project on the visual language created, used and interpreted by and for the global refugee population.
(3 to 5 year duration - minimum)
INTRODUCTION OF YESTERDAY-TODAY-TOMORROW - YTT
This project, created by Bryan Mc Cormack in September 2016, 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.
So far, Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow has visited and worked in 22 camps and squats in 7 countries across Europe, collaborating with several hundred refugees. Each refugee receives 3 sheets of paper and colored pens and is invited to draw 3 sketches, one of their life before : Yesterday. One of their current life : Today. And one of their life imagined in the future : Tomorrow.
These drawings define a Visual Language and like most languages they have three main tenses : the past tense (Yesterday), the present tense (Today) and the future tense (Tomorrow).
All of these drawings, along with some basic information (age, gender, nationality and current location, etc …) have been collected, filed and scanned and now make-up a digital database of thousands of voices.
However, as Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow has developed, so too has it’s objectives. What was once a conceptual art project has now become a fully-fledged International Research Project with very specific goals that are broken-down into 3 main categories.
3 SECTIONS OF YTT
YTT as a visual language is researched, studied, interpreted and used in three distinct ways :
(1) The creation of educational/pedagogical tools to increase the global awareness of the refugee crisis.
(2) The creation of psychosocial programs and clinical assessment tools for refugees in war zones and refugee camps.
(3) The artistic interpretation of this visual language to give a voice to a people who do not have one.
SOCIAL MEDIA VOICE FOR THIS PROJECT :