We Refuse to be Scapegoats

We Refuse to be Scapegoats is the first UK solo exhibition in the last ten years by the established British artist of mixed Eastern European Jewish heritage Pam Skelton. The exhibition features new moving image works by Skelton with a soundscape by Wayne Brown. It represents the artist’s findings from a long-term research deriving from her own family history, and in particular, the histories, memories and impact of the Jewish Shoah (Holocaust) and the Palestinian Nakba (meaning ‘catastrophe’ or ‘disaster’) on ensuing generations in diverse geopolitical contexts.


23 June 2021 | 18:00-20:00 | P21 Gallery, 21 Chalton St, London

Free and open to all! Limited capacity in line with all public health guidance.

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We Refuse to be Scapegoats runs 24 June – 10 July 2021. The admission is free and open to all on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 12.00-18.00; Wednesday 12.00 – 20.00; Saturday 12.00-16.00 at P21 Gallery, 21 Chalton St, London a gallery, which was established in 2013 to promote and discuss contemporary Middle Eastern and North African art and culture with a distinct focus on Palestine.

The exhibition is curated by Iliyana Nedkova with contributions from John Talbot, Wayne Brown, Caterina Albano, Mathilde Jourdan, Dominik Czechowski, Tony Fletcher, Angad Kaur, Heather Kiernan, Jonathan Samuels of SamsProjects, Mare Tralla and Yahya Zaloom.




We Refuse to be Scapegoats is preceded by an online discussion curated by Iliyana Nedkova and Pam Skelton from 5 January – 24 June 2021 aiming to compile related exhibition resources – all free to watch, listen, read and download. Explore over 25 posts of contextual references to works by artists, activists and scholars. ACCESS ALL RESOURCES HERE

During a demonstration in London in 2019, I heard the Palestinian youth activist Ahed Tamimi defiantly proclaim that she refused to be a victim, that she had reached the point of no longer being scared to speak out. Fear is the weapon that silences us. The fact is that we still live in an era of camps, detention centres and ghettos echoing what Louis McNeice declared in his 1944 anti-war poem Prayer Before Birth ‘tall walls wall us’. These are only some of the powerful words and voices of activists and artists alike I have included in my new moving image works featured in We Refuse to be Scapegoats. Pam Skelton

We Refuse to be Scapegoats encapsulates Skelton’s conviction that the struggle for equality must still haunt us lest we forget to remember the misuse of power and the cost in human lives and sufferings. In Israel Palestine, as well as in the numerous other zones of conflict where human rights abuse takes place, the past is no longer the past since it functions within the perpetual flow of multiple current crises. Iliyana Nedkova

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