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Vukašin Nedeljković, b.1975

Asylum Archive2008

From 2007-2009, Vukašin Nedeljković was housed in a Direct Provision Centre whilst seeking asylum in Ireland. Asylum Archive originally began as a coping mechanism during this time. Now, Asylum Archive consists of almost 6000 photographs in total, these works display details from Direct Provision centres throughout Ireland. Taken by both Nedeljković and contributors to the archive, each image contains its own distinct narrative by the photographer.

The main objective of Asylum Archive was to collaborate with asylum seekers, artists, academics, and civil society activists, amongst others, with a view to creating an interactive documentary cross-platform online resource, which critically brings forward accounts of exile, displacement, trauma, and memory. 

An estimated 30% of all people living in Direct Provision are children, many of which have been born and raised living in these conditions, the long-term developmental effects of which are still unknown, and yet they are still not entitled to Irish citizenship. The selection of images here: lost toys, drawings on walls, and the natural world reflect on childhood experience as lived in these confined spaces.

MediumPhotography, found objects
Dimensions Dimensions variable
Item NumberIMMA.4442
Copyright Image © the artist | Photography: Ros Kavanagh
For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
Image Caption
Vukašin Nedeljković, Asylum Archive, 2008, Photography, found objects, Dimensions variable, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Vukašin Nedeljković b.1975

Vukašin Nedeljković is an artist, activist and independent scholar and holds a Masters in Visual Arts Practice at Dunlaoghaire Institute of Arts, Design and Technology - former MAVIS - present ARC. In 2017 they were awarded Arts and Activism bursary from Arts Council/Create and published Asylum Archive publication. In 2021 Asylum Archive featured in The Narrow Gate of The Here and Now. Chapter One: Queer Embodiment - IMMA.
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