PHOTOS | Lilli Pilli artist documents refugee crisis in Europe

When Lilli Pilli artist Lachie Hinton visited Europe last year the first thing he packed was his camera and sketch book.

“I was over in Europe for about eight months last year and during one of those months, March, I went down to Turkey and Greece to document the refugee crisis that was unfolding.”

Last week, he opened his new exhibition at Collab Gallery in Chippendale called On the Refugee Trail to Europe. The exhibition includes a mix of paintings, photographs and sketches from what he witnessed. 

“I just had the opening which was really cool, it was a good turnout,” Hinton, 25, said.

“I think something that is a little bit different with this exhibition is it’s the first one where I have included quite a bit of photography.”

Hinton has a strong interest in human rights and held another exhibition in 2015 following a trip to North Korea. “It was a similar project – an art project and documentary.”

Hinton learned a lot of his trade from well-known Sydney artist George Gittoes, with whom he spent plenty of time during university.

His current exhibition opened last week and closes on Saturday, June 3. The exhibition includes 26 photos, 12 sketches, and five paintings.

The exhibition at Collab Gallery is open from 11am to 5pm, Wednesday to Saturday.

Hinton will be holding a talk about his work at 2pm on Saturday, June 3 at the gallery.

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