The Wind Cries War
From 2013 I have been documenting the refugee influx into Europe, and the passages from Turkey to Greece and the Balkan route. I depicted these arduous journeys with a sense of witnessing history in-the- making. And keeping in mind the diversity of reasons that led people to flee: blazing or protracted wars, internal displacements, minority exclusion, religious oppression, gender-based violence. Behind the figures, countless agonies, countless stories of survival. Caught in a state of limbo between hope and uncertainty, people transited through perilous routes in order to get to the desired –but often unclear- final destinations that are somehow expected to grant them the opportunity to live.
This is the part that I am now turning to: the first steps of a new life in the new places. What happens at the end of the journey, once reaching the final destinations. Perhaps not the expected or desired ones, perhaps not as welcoming as initially expected, but still, the places that will become the new homes, that will shelter the uprooted lives, that will allow a shared future to grow. I intend to focus on the minute details of everyday life, and to depict the nuances and the inner struggles. I plan to follow various people that I encountered and became close with throughout this passage, and see them again in their new place of residence, in the process of acquiring a new pace, of becoming familiar with a new culture and acquiring new habits, of forming new ties, of creating a new life away from home, and imagining a future. Throughout the grey zones between xenophobia and integration, my work will try to depict the challenge of this shared future.