Arrivals + Departures
YARA + DAVINA
Arrivals + Departures is a public artwork by artist duo YARA + DAVINA about birth, death and the journey in between
Taking the recognisable form of a station or airport arrivals and departures board, the artwork invites visitors to share the names of people who have arrived and departed as a way to celebrate a birth or commemorate a death. As the effects of Covid-19, racial injustice and the environmental crisis continue to disrupt communities across the world, this artwork offers a timely platform to engage with birth, life, death, loss and collective grief, through the deeply personal and radical act of naming.
The interactive installation also honours the heritage of Somerset House itself, which was formerly home to the General Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths, holding the first comprehensive record of life events for the whole of the population for many generations.
Submit names to the boards online
Wherever you are in the world, you can submit a name to the boards in real time online at www.arrivalsanddepartures.net and they will appear on the boards in the Somerset House courtyard as well as on the website. The births and deaths do not need to be recent and they can be any person significant to you. You can submit more than one name if you like and you can add a story with the name which will appear in the Stories part of the website.
Date and time
10 September – 5 November 2020
This is now a past event.