I Packed This Myself – suitcase exhibition
In I Packed This Myself we worked with migrant workers and farming communities in Cornwall. We started in 2006 by working with workers from eastern Europe, working on the land in west Cornwall: at that time, many were isolated and faced discrimination. They were mostly housed in caravans on farms, due to local housing shortages. We also identified another group of workers facing discrimination – the Portuguese in the Bodmin/St Austell area of Cornwall, who were mostly working in the meat processing industry. With these groups of workers, we created and designed an exhibition of suitcases. These suitcases displayed items that the migrant workers had brought with them to the UK – and other things that they missed from home.
Photographs by Julian Barford/University College Falmouth