Kharon (Χάρων) is the ferryman of Hades in Greek mythology. The journey there was paid with an obol coin placed in the mouth of the deceased. Those who could not pay the fare had to wander on the shore for a hundred years.
Timo Wright’s installation in Galerie Anhava’s Project series consists of hundreds of refugees’ life-vests gathered from the shores of the island of Lesbos in Greece.
Wright is an artist who views society, its structures of power, values and mechanisms from both within and without. His works address issues ranging from the exploitation of nature to the actions of people towards each other and the choices of values reflected by them.
Kharon (Χάρων) is a strong statement on behalf of hundreds of thousands of people – just like us – who are wandering in the interstices.
In 2015, over a million migrants and refugees came to Europe, over 800,000 of them via Greece. Up to 3,300 people a day have landed on the island of Lesbos, and over 3,600 died in 2015 when crossing the Mediterranean.