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The Crying Game 22

The Crying Game 22, The promised land.
plate size 20x25cm, paper size 38x43cm

This image concerns refugees, boat people who are escaping war, poverty or other life threatening circumstances and with great cost to themselves are undertaking dangerous journeys in order to find a safe place to live and work.
Even if they survive the journey their problems are far from over. The reception in an western land is often not welcoming
That is why the 'promised land', the comfortable, safe place they dreamt of, is a land with sharp spikes which will make movement difficult.
The man on stilts is wading out to warn them, yet they head him not.

This print is part of the Crying Game series, for full information on this portfolio please see
The Crying Game Book:


Marcelle Hanselaar

Marcelle Hanselaar
Born in Rotterdam, The Netherlands in 1945
Lives and works in London, United Kingdom

After studying at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague, The Netherlands, Hanselaar soon got a taste for a nomadic life and travelled, in a quest for adventure and self-knowledge, extensively all over Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

Finally she found her refuge in a central London studio where through the medium of painting and printmaking she feels free to explore the bleaker, more unsettling facets of the human psyche.

Etching is the art form in which Marcelle Hanselaar has demonstrated an uncommon facility and she is considered one of the most accomplished printmakers working in Britain today.
Although often leavened with a certain mordant humour, much of Marcelle Hanselaar’s work comes across as an uncompromising exploration of human relationships.

Her latest portfolio of 30 prints, The Crying Game, is a passionate response to the present day violence and the urgent question of moral complicity.
Recently the Ashmolean Museum, the Fitzwilliam Museum and The Metroplolitan Museum of Art acquired these prints for their collection and a fully illustrated book, The Crying Game, has been published.

Public collections:
British Museum Prints & Drawings Collection, London; V& A Prints & Drawings Collection, London; The Metroplolitan Museum of Art, New York; V&A National Art Library, London; Ashmolean Prints & Drawings Collection Museum, Oxford; Whitworth Museum & Art Gallery, Manchester; Fitzwilliam Museum Prints & Drawings Collection, Cambridge; Clifford Chance Art Collection, London; Meermanno Museum, the Hague; The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, London; Richard Harris Collection, US; Swarthmore College, US; Sakimi Art Museum, Okinawa, Japan; Guandong Fine Art Museum, Guandong, China; University of Aberystwyth Print Collection, Wales; Frans Masereel Center, Belgium; New Hall, Cambridge; Clare Hall, Cambridge; Rabo Bank, London; Merrill Lynch, London; AMC, Amsterdam ; Amsterdam Arts Council; Kunstcollectie Gemeente Haaksbergen; Risk Publications, London; Mitsukoshi Ltd., London; Paintings in Hospitals, London; University of Arizona, Tucson, US; Iraq National Library, Baghdad, Iraq

Birthdate: 23/03/1945

Nationality: Dutch


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