Alien Species; Jersey Migrant Worker Archive

    Archisle is pleased to be working in partnership with The Morning Boat Residency and artist Alicja Rogalska on a new project to archive the role and experience of migrant workers in Jersey. The labour of migrant workers on Jersey has been an important part of the island economy for more than 150 years, yet their presence on the island remains largely undocumented, from Breton farm workers to the more recent waves of Portuguese, Polish and Romanian economic migrants. Current documentation is limited to marketing material created by industry representatives and employers, or staged photo opportunities with local media outlets. The Jersey Migrant Workers Archive aims to fill the gap in visual representation of the migrant workforce on the island. Drawn from the private archives of the workers, images and videos showing their work, living conditions, and leisure pursuits will be gathered, catalogued and incorporated into the Société Jersiaise Photographic Archive. An important aspect of the archive is the self-representation of the workers’ lives, allowing them to take the lead in presenting their own image. The Archive will be made available to researchers, journalists, artists and anybody interested, while an exhibition is planned later in 2018.


    The island of Jersey is one of the world’s leading offshore International Finance Centres. In the second half of the twentieth century Jersey’s economy has experienced a radical transformation from one based upon agriculture and tourism to a financial services industry which today commands over 50% of total economic activity. 104,000 people live in Jersey in 2017 and over 13,000 islanders are employed within the finance sector. Masterplan is a five year project (2016 – 2020) using photography, film and archival research to tell the story of Jersey’s economic growth and development in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. A visual record of contemporary Jersey is a question of what visual record there is of finance. And, what is a visual record of finance?

    Masterplan Project Website


    2018 International Photographer in Residence Announced

    The Archisle Project is delighted to announce the appointment of Lewis Bush as International Photographer in Residence 2018. The Archisle Residency, now in its fifth year, brings international contemporary photographers to Jersey to create, educate and exhibit. The residency awards a bursary of £10,000 for an exhibition of new work responding to the culture of the Jersey and set of these works enter the Archisle Collection at the Société Jersiaise Photographic Archive for future public enjoyment. Lewis Bush is a Photographer, Writer, Curator and Educator based in London. After studying History and working as a researcher for the United Nations Taskforce ...more

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    Archisle International Photographer in Residence 2018: Lewis Bush
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