The impetus for ‘Lande: The Calais “Jungle” and Beyond’ stemmed from a statement made by Fabienne Buccio, the prefect of Pas-de-Calais, on 27 October 2016, in relation to the notorious clearing of the camp created by asylum seekers and refugees near the ferry port: ‘The humanitarian dismantling operation is over.’ Lande (French for ‘heath’) was the evasive official name for the camp, which was better known as the ‘Jungle’. Dedicated to ensuring that the camp is remembered and understood, the exhibition assembles materials loaned by those – whether displaced people, activists or volunteers – who were actually there. The result is an unusual array of items – ranging from commissioned artwork for the exhibition by refugee artist Majid Adin to amateur and professional photographs, graphic art, children’s drawings and material objects from the site – that is both profoundly moving and disturbing.

Read Nicholas Mirtzoeff’s article on Frieze.