Exhibition at the European University Institute Florence



'The Game' exhibition at the European University Institute Florence,
Opening at the Cloister of Badia Fiesolana
10-31 January 2018

The European University Institute in Florence features the photography exhibition ‘The Game’ by Mario Badagliacca, at the conference The Ethics of Migration Beyond the Immigrant-Host State Nexus.
This exhibition is part of an on-going multimedia project documenting experiences of violation of human rights along the East European routes. The overall work is divided into chapters, each showing a specific aspect of migrants’ daily life. This central photographic core comprises 16 photographs that I took during several trips in the region. The goal is to explore life in refugee and transit centers, squats, and in the 'jungle' (the woods), by showing the daily practices used by migrants in order to survive extreme physical and psychological conditions.
‘The Game’ is the phrase used by migrants to refer to the dangerous trip across the Balkan Route. Independently of their origins and native tongues, all migrants use this English expression. They all attempt to cross the Balkan borders, walking or hidden in trains and trucks, up to fifteen or twenty times in a year, taking risky, multiple chances, like in a game. More often than not, the police takes them back to their departure point, often after having physically and psychologically abused them. The guards send dogs to rip them apart, push them to walk barefoot in the snow, beat them, destroy their mobile phones, and seize their money and the few items they carry. Abuses are widely documented by the international NGOs that every day give medical support to migrants.


European University Institute Conference - Program

Location:
European University Institute,
Cloister of the Badia Fiesolana,
Via Badia dei Roccettini, Florence


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