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Vukasin Nedeljkovic

Vukasin Nedeljkovic

P: +353-1-4027129
Campus: Aungier Strreet

Research Topic: Asylum Archive: Documenting Refuge in Ireland

‘Direct provision is a scheme whereby asylum seekers are provided with accommodation on a full board basis with all their basic needs. It was introduced by the (Irish) Government as a pilot scheme in November 1999' (FLAC, 2009). While living in direct provision centres, asylum seekers in Ireland receive a weekly allowance of €19.10 per adult and €9.60 per child. In 2004 there were 74 centres dispersed throughout the country. Currently there are a total of 34 former hotels, holiday homes, army barracks and convents, located in 16 counties in the Republic of Ireland.

Asylum Archive engages directly with the everyday realities of asylum seekers, drawing on my personal experience of being an asylum seeker and living in direct provision centres in Ireland between 2007-2009. The project (, which commenced in 2007 as a multigeneric archival formation (photographs, reports, publications, print media), poses the question as to how historical and social memory cannot merely be preserved but significantly transformed through the appropriation of photographic visible evidence and visual media. It is influenced by Sekula's (1983) argument that the ‘archive has to be read from below, from a position of solidarity with those displaced, deformed, silenced or made invisible by the machineries of profit and progress'. The thesis thus sets out to collaborate with asylum seekers, artists, academics, civil society activists and immigration lawyers, amongst others, with a view to creating an interactive documentary cross-platform online resource, critically foregrounding accounts of exile, displacement, trauma and memory. Interdisciplinary in its reach, drawing on visual autogethnography and Foucauldian discourse analysis, Asylum Archive methodologically deploys a combination of practice-based fieldwork research methods, for example, my photography of direct provision centres and the use of found and abandoned artefacts; video and audio recordings with human rights activists; together with the documentation of reports, scholarly essays and newspaper articles on the subject of asylum in Ireland.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Other Lives, The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon.
Asylum Archive, Dublin City Council Library and Archive, Dublin.

Disappearance of the Railway Hostel, Kiltimagh Town Hall Theatre, Kiltimagh.

Asylum Seekers, St. Mary's Abbey, Ballyhaunis.

Selected Group Exhibitions

Portas Abertas, curated by Cláudia Gianneti, Fundacao Eugenio de Almeida, Evora, Portugal.
Uncertain State, curated by Trish Lambe, Gallery of Photography, Dublin.
Erase Racism, Dublin City Council Civic Offices, Atrium, Dublin.
6th Annual 126 Members Show, selected by Katherine Waugh, 126 Gallery, Galway.

Future Perfect, curated by Jim Ricks, Dublin City Hugh Lane Gallery.

Museum of Country Life, Feile na Tuaithe, Castlebar,
Public Gesture, LAB, Dublin.
World Refugee Day, Galway Refugee Support Group, Galway Art Center, Galway.

Claremorris Open Exhibition, curated by Lisa le Feuvre.
320 Journeys, Feile na Tuaithe, Artsquad, Castlebar.
An Instructional Tour, MART, Bratislava, London, Berlin, Dublin.

Living in Direct Provision, FOAMCS,Irish Film Institute (IFI), Dublin.
Exhibition of Visual Afts (EVA), curated by Angelika Nollert and Yilmaz Dziewior, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick.

Claremorris Open Exhibition, curated by Lizzie Carey Thomas,Claremorris.


‘Direct Provision: Where Time Becomes Loop' by Rashers Tierney, Rabble Magazine.
Artists response to Gabriel Gbadamosi's Create News Essay, Create, National Development Agency for Collaborative Arts in Social and Community Contexts.
'Asylum Apathy/Asylum Archive', by Eamonn Sheehy and Asylum Archive features at Migrate to the Fridge, Indymedia Ireland, The Journalist.
Source, The Magazine for Contemporary Photography.
ARN (Anti Racism Network) Public Journal.

‘New DVD Highlights Asylum Seekers Experiences' by Rose Foley, Metro Eireann.

‘Asylum Life Caught on Camera' by Emilia Marchelewska, Metro Eireann.

Selected Panel Discussions and Presentations

Direct Provision, Winter Wednesday Workshops, Irish Feminist Network.

Digital Humanities Exploratorium, Pathways to Interdisciplinarity, Creative Praxis and Digital Humanities Research, University College Dublin (UCD).
'One World', North Dublin National School Project, Dublin.
Institutional Racism and Direct Provision Hostels, with students from Community and Youth work programme at NUI Maynooth.
'Show and Tell', Visual Artists Ireland, Dublin.

AIC10, Artist in Community Scheme, Create, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.

Arts Council's Artist in the Community Scheme, 
Cultural Diversity And the Arts, 
'Information Session', Limerick.

‘One Size Doesn't Fit All', FLAC, Buswells Hotel, Dublin.

Mayo Rape Crisis Centre.

Catherine McAuley Centre, North Dublin City GP Training Centre.


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