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27 October 2019  -  27 October 2019

Platforma 5 : Four Artists

Ongoing Journeys

The Glassworks Studio, Folkestone Quarterhouse, Mill Bay, Folkestone Kent CT20 1BN


FREE – all welcome

Join us for the final event of the 5th Platforma Festival, with presentations from 4 artists, plus discussion and networking & the launch of the new Migrants in Culture Survey.

The event is presented in association with the Working with Migrants podcast in which artist Arjunan Manuelpillai talks about issues and challenges, practical tips, ethical struggles with inspiring people working with migrant communities in London and Helsinki. A recording will be made on the day.

The featured artists will be:

Henna Asikainen

Henna is a mixed-media artist, born in Joensuu, Finland and now living in Newcastle. Henna’s recent work includes Forage (for Platforma 4, commissioned by D6 Culture in Transit) and Omens (supported by Allenheads Contemporary Arts for hosting, Gem Arts, The Finnish Institute in London and Arts Council England). Her principal interests as an artist are in questions surrounding environmental justice, climate change, migration, human relationships with nature and the complex social, cultural and ecological issues emerging from these.

Aida Silvestri

Aida is an artist who creates work concerning the sensitive issues of culture, ethnicity, identity, health, politics and the urban landscape. She holds a BA (First Hons) in photography from the University of  Westminster, London.  Her work, including Why Folkestone and Even This Will pass (exhibited in Folkestone for Platforma 5) explores new approaches to documentary photography to raise awareness, give voice to voiceless and to promote acceptance within communities. 

Rich Wiles

Rich is a documentary photographer, author and film-maker. His work has been distributed and published worldwide and he was on the shortlist for the 2015 Sony Photography Awards. His latest project, Ongoing Journeys, utilises new technologies alongside documentary photography, audio and moving image, to help people get a deeper understanding of displacement.


Mooch is a practice specialising in public realm art and design. Recent projects include PERFUGIUM MISERIS – an installation in Ramsgate harbour working with the Latin motto, meaning “refuge for those in need”, which is carved into the Ramsgate lighthouse. Also Worse Things Happen At Sea, a Morse code soundtrack within the Ramsgate lighthouse listing over a thousand names of vessels lost on the Goodwin Sands, which can be visited throughout Platforma 5.


Migrants in Culture – survey findings launch.

Migrants in Culture present key findings from their new survey completed by more than 600 people: ‘What is the impact of the Hostile Environment on the Cultural Sector? Your workplace. Your experience’. Migrants in Culture are a support network and action group that holds the cultural sector accountable to migrants, citizens of colour and all other people being impacted by the immigration regime, in our workplaces and neighbourhoods.

Following the event, everyone is invited to join the gathering at Folkestone Harbour, “Re-imagining of The Landing of the Belgian Refugees”

Image: from Ongoing Journeys by Rich Wiles

Ongoing Journeys

This event is supported by the Finnish Institute in London