Dialect (2020-ong)

The migration crisis of the last decades has produced a massive flow of people to Southern Europe by different routes outside the European legal regulations. Each EU state enforces its own immigration laws to regulate and control the movements of the immigrants who enter their territory. Spain, due its geographical proximity to the Maghreb, has a particularly tension with irregular migration across the strait. If a person enters a Spanish territory illegally and he or she has not reached the age of majority, the custody and control of the migrant remains in the hands of the state. Such custody and control is exerted through a Refuge Center, an internment building that houses migrants in this condition.

Dialect is a work developed within a group of teenage migrants who have recently entered in Spanish territory without documentation.

The work includes two parts:

The first one, a photographic series that registers the routine of this group's life. The photographs are elaborated in collaboration within the group.

The second part is a three channel video-installation, where an action is performed: To read the first four pages of the immigration Spanish law, that is, in political terms, the institution that regulates and controls the status of migrants.

In the images:
Abdoulaye N., Monir El Komairi, Hamza G., Zakaria M., Habib H., Mohamed R., Mohamed A., Simo R., Younes B., Abdel M., Hamza C., Youssef E., Bilal S., Aziz C., Soufiane N., Bader Z.