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An extraordinary art installation, Casa Tomada, will take leave of the Salford arts centre The Lowry this weekend when the exhibition closes on Sunday, 26 April.
The title of the work, by the Columbian artist Rafael Gomezbarros, translates as ‘House taken over’ and seeks to highlight the issues surrounding immigration, forced displacement and uprooting in times of globalization.
It features almost 1,000 giant ants, which are each over two feet in length and made of fibreglass resin, fabric, branches and the cast of two human skulls.
Michael Simpson, director of visual art and engagement at The Lowry, said:
This was Rafael’s first one person exhibition in the UK. As well as provoking thoughts of displacement and immigration, it has also featured in hundreds of ‘selfies’ taken by gallery visitors – such is the power and thrill of the art work.
The Promenade Galley
Pier 8, Salford Quays
Until Sunday, 26 April 2015, Sunday to Friday from 11a.m.–5p.m. Saturdays from 10a.m.–5p.m.