Dream and Refuge

Armitage, Michael
Michael Armitage’s colourful, ethereal works play with visual narratives and challenge cultural assumptions, referencing politics, history and civil unrest. Dream and Refuge, 2020, shows a woman asleep, swathed in a printed cloth and refers to displaced people and homelessness. The artist depicts her as an individual with a rich interior world – represented by the imagery crowding the outside of the picture space. This dreamscape includes falling figures and the star that is found on a sailing dhow, which bestows good luck on those who travel. The print of her blanket is adorned with the hornbill bird from a creation myth associated with motherhood, loss and creation. All proceeds from the sale of the edition of 250 of Dream and Refuge are donated to the non-profit organisation Gasworks/Triangle Network to benefit The Nairobi Contemporary Art Institute (NCAI), a non-profit visual art space dedicated to the growth and preservation of contemporary art in East Africa.
  • Artwork Details: 48.8 x 23.5cm
  • Edition: 96 of 250
  • Material description: Seven colour lithograph on Somerset warm white velvet 400gsm paper
  • Credit line: © Michael Armitage. Photo © White Cube (Theo Christelis)
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  • Medium: Print
  • Accession number: ACC26/2021



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