The Maldives Exodus Caravan Show

Artist: Søren Dahlgaard

The Maldives Exodus Caravan Show is designed and created by Danish artist Søren Dahlgaard and several of his artist-friends. It is a mobile touring exhibition that acts to promote environmental and political awareness. Educational and aesthetically inventive, the exhibition consists primarily of non-physical interactive artworks such as performance, video, games & music.


The Maldives Exodus Caravan Show is an important statement about the situation in Maldives right now – both in relation to climate change issues and with regards to the political situation there. The fight against climate change is a fight for human rights. It is a fight for the right to exist in a healthy environment and to enjoy the freedom that goes along with that. The climate debate is all about that, as is the fight for democracy.


During ICAF the Maldives Exodus caravan, essentially a mobile home with an inflatable installation on top, will be moving around Rotterdam to invite people in different locations to engage in the interactive activities in and around the site. During the mornings, the caravan is also open for ICAF participants. In this special workshop, Søren will further contextualize the Maldives Exodus project and present further examples of his unusual interactive visual arts work, which operates on the cutting edge between avant-garde and participatory art.


Søren Dahlgaard is a Danish visual artist who grew up in a middle-class family in a suburb of Copenhagen. He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art of University College London. He met his wife there. She is from the Maldives and together they moved to this island nation after art school. In the Maldives, Søren made a vegetable farm on a small coral island for 2 years. There, he also developed his 'inflatable island' idea, inspired by the rising sea level and how this prospect affects the future of the Maldives. Over the years, he has become widely known for his engaged, highly original interactive, participatory work, which he carries out in a variety of public and community spaces, but also in prestigious biennales. Today, Søren and his wife and children live in Melbourne, Australia.

Thursday 30 March 15.30