The project

Putting a face on the debate on asylum seekers

Facing Europe is a photo project that attempts to add a new voice to the European debate on asylum and conditions of asylum seekers and immigrants. Instead of documenting the lives of asylum seekers and trying to fit them into an already established media narrative, asylum seekers and immigrants will be allowed to speak for themselves.

The idea is to show the faces and hear the opinions of the actual people that are often presented as numbers and statistics or narrow stereotypes.

To put focus on the issue as a joint concern for all of Europe, the project photo workshop was carried out in Greece, where a large part of Europe’s refugees arrive due to geographical reasons. Combined with the economic situation in Greece and an inefficient system for asylum seekers, the immigrants and asylum seekers often live under very problematic conditions.

 

The workshop in Athens

In the spring of 2014, the team of volunteers from Facing Europe traveled to Athens, Greece, to organize a workshop for young asylum seekers and immigrants in Athens.

In collaboration with the Greek Council for Refugees 20 young immigrants living in Greece had the opportunity to participate in a one week photo and text workshop where they were able to express opinions, thoughts and feelings about life as a refugee in Europe.

The photos and texts produced during the workshop will be exhibited in a travelling exhibition from summer 2014 and on social media through #FacingEurope.