2017 Exhibitions


The Itinerary

Eleven photojournalists have followed the trek of refugees from their point of origin –the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa– into Europe through the various stopover sites in Greece and the Balkans. The photographs in this exhibition document the refugees’ unimaginable struggles on their way to safety but also their routine, everyday activities and small moments of joy. Covering some of the distance between refugees and us, the photographs remind us that these are ordinary people on an extraordinary journey. They also make the viewer party to the experience and perspective of these eleven eyewitnesses to a great humanitarian disaster.


South Sudan: the political marketplace

An exhibition of infographic comics visualising research on South Sudan undertaken by the Justice and Security Research Programme (JSRP).  The comics represent a collaboration between the JSRP and Kenyan cartoonist Victor Ndula, facilitated by JSRP partner The Cartoon Movement.  The graphics explore political, social and economic developments since 2011 in the world’s newest countr



Thinking Visually, Feeling Visually: Student Films from the International Relations Department

In ‘Visual International Politics’ (IR318), International Relations students didn’t just watch movies – they make their own films. This exhibit screens six short documentary films that address topics ranging from the global politics of beards (Beard Goggles), to a behind the scenes look at London’s Russian elite (Bliny vs. Scones), to a political ethnography of passengers on The Night Bus.



Predictability and its Limits

This exhibition shows drawings that artist Fiorella Lavado produced in collaboration with an LSE based project aiming to understand the scope and limitations of model-based predictions, in particular in the context of climate modelling. 



Open Minds

The word ‘autism’ encompasses both diversity and complexity. People diagnosed with autism have unique ways of experiencing the world and perceiving others, are diverse in their abilities and behaviours, and are often represented from the ‘outside’ by books, films, the media and science. It can be hard for society to understand their specific and complex needs, which in turn can negatively impact their quality of life, relationships, support networks and job prospects.



Trails to Prayer

Photographer MAKIKO made a pilgrimage to the uninhabited Japanese island of Nozaki, which has been gradually deserted since mid 60’s. She was intrigued by a saga of ‘Hidden’ Christians who settled on the island in the early 19th century, practicing Christianity in secret for decades (while the country was closed for any foreign trade and cultural exchanges). A century later they had their own churches for worship but then left.



Designing Politics

What does it mean to design for free speech? Can architects create urban commons? Is respect something that can be built into the city? This exhibition explores the outcomes of the first three international ideas challenges from Theatrum Mundi, a research project linking the performing and visual arts to the politics of the built environment.