A World Not Ours

1 Jun 2017 – 27 Aug 2017

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A World Not Ours is a collective exhibition dedicated to the current crisis of refugees and forced population displacements caused by the war in Syria and other areas of conflict.


he exhibition, which was inaugurated last summer at the Pythagorion Hall of the Schwarz Foundation on the island of Samos in Greece, aims to counterbalance the partial or reductive vision of a crisis that is too often limited to Images of makeshift boats and perilous crossings from Turkey or Libya. The idea is to look into the before and after of these dramatic moments. While the first part of the exhibition was devoted to the experience of flight, the perilous journey and the clandestine economy that maintains the precariousness of the refugees, The Mulhousian chapter focuses more on the reception of refugees, the legal procedures and the daily realities they face, "the promised land" reached. This second part also focuses on observing how Europeans are experiencing the migratory crisis, exploring the problems of representing suffering and asking the question of the "ownership" of images of refugees and the right to represent them. 

A World Not Ours brings together artists, photographers, filmmakers and activists, many of whom come from the Middle East or South-Eastern Europe, from regions directly facing danger, war and exodus. They have personal, even intimate, experience of collective trauma and suffering.

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