The artwork Mapping Migration Routes is a hand coloured screenprint that appropriates the diagram of the London Underground Map, to represent London’s flow of its population, with their routes identified by their legal status.

The different life journeys that people can take across London are quite diverse, depending on their right to a particular mode of legal status. In this artwork, some of the routes of legal status are depicted as intersecting, as one route changes from one status to another. This artwork has a strong personal meaning, as Catherine became aware that her own legal status as a landed citizen had limited rights, and that she could be deported for particular acts of environmental protest.

Mapping Migration Routes was a site specific artwork created by Catherine for a group show entitled: “Hidden in Plain Sight”, which took place in September, 2018. Visitors to the exhibition were invited to contribute to Catherine’s artwork, by writing down their personal citizenship journey. These were collected and presented as part of the exhibition.

Mapping Migration Routes
Hand Coloured Screenprint A2
Catherine Harrington©

EXHIBITION “Hidden in Plain Sight”
TfL Gallery, London during the last week of September, 2018.

This exhibition took place as part of the Art Licks Festival, which occurred in galleries across London during September 2018. The theme of the Festival was “Peripheries”.

An extract of the exhibition catalogue’s text:
“Participating artists of the group show “Hidden in Plain Sight “ explore multiple ways in which Wilderness can be a common space, found in the peripheries of culture and can creatively utilise the peripheries as a tool of empowerment…..

Inspired by the ideas of queer theorist JJ Halberstam, contributing artists investigate how non-normative identities, bodies, temporalities and geographies might extend from queer communities to other members of the “undercommons” – marginalised populations, conceptualised by mainstream society as the embodiment of wildness and as inhabitants of wilderness spaces”.