ECF mourns the continuous loss of life at the Mediterranean Sea which has sadly reached another peak last weekend. We commemorate those who have tragically perished at the Southern borders of Europe and express our deepest sympathy with those women, men and children who are still suffering at sea at this very moment.
On the occasion of the EU emergency summit in Brussels (23 April 2015), ECF calls for a courageous leap forward towards taking measures which truly reflect our humanitarian values and solidarity as Europeans. Those who arrive at our borders are called boat people and illegal migrants, but they are neighbouring citizens whose desperate situation deserves our full compassion and concern. To provide rescue, safe havens and shelter is a challenge which calls for a concerted action of engaged citizens, civil society and decision-makers in all European Union member states.
ECF has been cooperating with independent cultural voices that have repeatedly addressed the inhumane political complexities and heartbreaking realities at our borders in their vital work. We have asked some of them to share their thoughts in view of their ECF-supported initiatives and feature some of their previous and still ongoing critical media projects:
Lampedusa Mirrors is a theatre coproduction between Eclosion d’artistes (Tunis) and Teatro dell’Argine (Bologna) that was conceived in the framework of our Tandem Shaml Cultural Manager Exchanges. In 2015, young theatre makers from Tunisia and Italy developed a gripping performance which reflects on life at the island of Lampedusa as a symbolic site of the ongoing crisis.
This video documentary features the development process on location and the March 2015 premiere in Bologna:
A Cemetery Called Mediterranean Sea is a short film by the Spanish artist Malaventura produced for the European Souvenirs Show. European Souvenirs is a live cinema remix-performance on migration and media that tours Europe. The artists collective behind European Souvenirs describes their work as ‘a commitment to creating a space for humanistic dialogue and the dissolution of borders, for rethinking and remaking the European imagination departing from the personal stories of migrants.’ European Souvenirs was part of the Re-mapping Europe project, an investigative artistic project by the Doc Next Network. Its activities follow the principle of re-mixing of media as a method to re-view, re-investigate and re-consider prevailing imagery of migrants in European societies.
- BOOK: Remixing Europe: unveiling the imagery of migrants in European media
- FILM: Latitude 36, Directed by José Luis Tirado. Produced by ZAP Producciones, Canal Sur Televisión (Spain 2004)
- VARIOUS MEDIA: Remix Room (Doc Next Network)
- COMIC: A Harrag among many others by Sofiane Belaskri, created as part of Reframe Comics exhibition.
- ECF LABS: Hacking the Veil, a lab to share contents related to migration and its prevailing imageries, as well as any communication strategy (such as remix) that might be used to hack the veil and highlight inclusive perspectives on migration in Europe. And another lab: B/ORDERS, an open forum that deals with the plight of the immigrant.