ANOTHER LIFE: HUMAN FLOWS / UNKNOWN ODYSSEYSThe Odyssey described uniquely nostos, the deep desire for return in a life interrupted at a homeland waiting. Its contemporary version concerns the torturous refugee exodus, the quest for another life in a distant, unknown place that symbolized prosperity and security. In that framework, the exhibition of MOMus – Thessaloniki Museum of Photography presented in 2016-2017 attempts to illuminate and summarize known and unknown, present and older aspects of the refugee – migration issue, that tests the country’s durability and alerts a sufficient part of the society. The exhibition contains more than 160 works by 26 photographers, most of them active photojournalists, that captured with the particularity of their look the dramatic human adventure that started in the troubled land of other states and was transferred in the Greek territory. The exhibition, the production of which was realized due to the support of the Greek Parliament, was presented in 2017 at Athens Festival and in 2018 at Adelaide Festival, Australia. This digital presentation was realized as a proposal of the Network of Contemporary Culture Museums, is supported by the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports, in the framework of the Greek Chairmanship of the Council of Europe and its priorities on human rights.
Supervisors : Hercules Papaioannou, Penelope Petsini
Macedonian Turks embarked on a ship that will bring them to Minor Asia, during the population exchange, Port of Thessaloniki, 1923.
Luggages of Greeks that reached Thessaloniki during the population exchange, Pier A΄, Port of Thessaloniki, 1923.
Greek refugees that during the exchange of populations settled temporarily in Aleppo, Syria, 1923.
Syrian refugees sneak into Turkey after breaking the border fence and crossing from Syria in Akcakale, Southeastern Turkey.
June 14, 2015.
A migrant hangs clothes to dry behind a wire fence of a refugee camp in the Athens' suburb of Schisto, during the first day of the implementation of the EU-Turkey deal. Under the deal, migrants arriving illegally in Greece will be returned to Turkey if they do not apply for asylum or if their asylum claim is rejected. Athens.
April 4, 2016.
Syrian refugee Abdullah Koca, 43, who fled Syria four-years ago and had been living at a refugee camp for Syrian refugees in Islahiye, Gaziantep province, southeastern Turkey, holds his six-month-old son Ibrahim and his daughter Hadiyeh, 6 years old, as they check the family pet bird suspended in a cage at the barbed-wired fence of the camp.
March 16, 2016.
As the sun rises a dinghy overcrowded with Syrian refugees drifts out of control in the Aegean sea, after its motor broke down while travelling from the Turkish coast to the Greek island of Kos. A Greek coast guard responded to distress signals and arrived at the scene to help.
A large number of boats full of refugees and migrants arrive at the area of Eftalou. Lesvos.
October 4, 2015.
A Syrian refugee holding a baby in a life vest swims towards the shore after their dinghy deflated about a hundred meters away from the island of Lesvos.
September 13, 2015.
Wrecked boats and thousands of life jackets used by refugees and migrants during their journey across the Aegean sea lie in a dump outside Molyvos, Lesvos.
February 19, 2016
During the last year more than 1.000.000 refugees have arrived in the Greek islands from the Turkish coasts, most of them in Skala of Sykamia, a small fishing village of 130 inhabitants in Lesbos.
An Afghan migrant mother tries to hold her baby as she struggles to disembark a raft during a rainstorm on the Greek island of Lesvos.
October 23, 2015
A Syrian refugee prays, arriving with others from Turkey at the shores of Lesvos on a fishing boat.
September 27, 2015
A Greek coast guard vessel spots with a headlight migrants arriving on an overcrowded dinghy from Turkish coasts during a patrol, near the port of Mytilene. Lesvos.
June 18, 2015
Lost document belonging to a Somalian refugee woman, in Ferogia beach, in the island of Lesvos.
August 17, 2008
Syrian refugees from Kobani pose for a selfie, moments after arriving on a dinghy on the island of Lesvos.
August 23, 2015
Tourists sunbathe while a Syrian refugee carries her baby, arriving with a dinghy from the Turkish coast at a beach on the island of Kos.
August 3, 2015
A woman enters the sea as others wait for the registration procedure outside a police station in the island of Kos.
August 10, 2015.
Afghan migrants rest near a boat stored at a warehouse, which is used as a shelter for refugees and migrants at Piraeus.
February 29, 2016.
Two Afghan young women wait in the registration center at Tabakika, Chios.
January 15, 2016
Sharaf, 15-year-old from Damascus. I photographed him in Sykamnia under the statue of the Greek writer StratisMyrivilis. He was travelling alone. His mother had sent him to buy bread in the market and when he came back there was nothing. Their home had been bombed and all of his family: parents, brothers and sisters, uncles and aunts, cousins had been killed.
Sharaf, Sykamnia, May 2015
Johaina and Fadel from Syria had been stranded at Idomeni for over a month when I photographed them. They had been married for three years but they didn’t want to have children in Syria because of the war. Johaina wants to have a child when she reaches Germany. To get to Turkey they had to cross an area controlled by Islamists where photography was prohibited and they were told to destroy their wedding photos. When they met me, Johaina asked me to take their “wedding portrait” again, even though Fadel was unhappy about the state his clothes.
Johaina and Fadel, Idomeni, March 2016
Kostas, Skala of Sykamnia, October 2016
Kostas, one of the fishermen of Skala of Sykamnia, Lesbos, who saved countless lives with his fishing boat. “When I see a child at the sea and I save it, I am thinking that it could have been my grandmother who came in the same way, on a wooden boat, from Minor Asia when she was a baby. But I don’t save people because of that, I do it because it’s humane, I cannot see lives at risk in the water and not to stretch out my hand and I get them in my boat”.
Kostas, Skala of Sykamnia, October 2016
Assisting girl to wear her lifejacket after arriving in Kos island by inflated boat carrying refugees.
August 13, 2015
Afghan refugees trying to find shelter from the rain, while waiting to be registered, living for days in a field next to the registration center of Morias, Lesvos.
October 23, 2015
Τhe hands of a migrant, who has been onboard a wooden boat that sunk in the open sea near Lesvos.
October 31, 2015
The dead body of a man who lost his life during a shipwreck while crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey, island of Lesvos.
October 30, 2015.
Graves of unidentified refugees and migrants who drowned at sea crossing part of the Aegean from the Turkish coast, at a cemetery near the village Kato Tritos.
Seven Syrian refugees drowned and two are missing, at one of the most deadly shipwrecks from the beginning of the year.
Kos, November 17,2015
A Syrian mother holds her 4-month-old baby just after crossing over the sea border between Turkey and Greece by boat arriving at Oinousses.
September 8, 2014.
Asylum seekers queue to register at the Moria refugee camp in Lesvos, as numbers rose rapidly because of a ferry strike trapping migrants on the island.
Lesvos. June 17, 2015
SomalianAbdifatah, 21 years old, has lost his right foot. He started this journey all alone. His dream is to reach Germany. Idomeni.
June 29, 2015.
Refugees wait for boarding ferry boats towards Athens at Mytilini port, Lesvos.
September 29, 2015.
On May 12, 2014, along with the ordinary passengers, 56 refugees disembarked from the ferry Diagoras in the port of Pireaus. They were escorting 18 corpses, of those whose journey towards the “European dream” was violently interrupted in a shipwreck near Samos.
Girls play with a ball outside a passenger terminal where migrants have find a shelter at the port of Piraeus.
An Iraqi child wears a carnival mask as he plays with a toy scooter at Piraeus.
March 8, 2016.
A woman feeds pigeons in front of tents which have been set up by refugees and migrants at the port of Piraeus.
April 2, 2016
Refugees from Pakistan rest at the Hellenikon shelter, a former Olympic field hockey venue, Athens.
January 30, 2016
A makeshift sign on a window of the Filakio detention center in Evros reads Guantanamo 2. Detainees are kept in in inhuman conditions, often without any yarding or access to fresh air and natural light for weeks or even months. Access was forbidden to journalists.
Illegal immigrants walk inside a detention centre at Amygdaleza, on the northern fringes of Athens.
April 30, 2012
Hasan, a 33 years old refugee from Sudan, experienced the worst day in his life, as he said, in the centre of Athens. He was beaten by a group of ten men and stabbed with a knife on his back, marking the symbols of Golden Dawn. Racially motivated, brutal attacks and hate crimes have become an almost daily phenomenon in Greece that goes through the fifth year of recession.
November 23, 2012
Members of the Pakistani community in Athens stand on January 19, 2013 around the coffin of a 27 years old Pakistani migrant victim of what appears to be a racism-fuelled crime.
January 13, 2013
This series presents the portraits of second generation immigrants that, while being born and raised in Greece, remained stateless, with temporary residence permits, like foreigners that do not have legal documents and rights. In July 2015, Act 4332 provided the conditions under which children born in Greece to third-country national parents may acquire Greek citizenship.
A North African migrant hides after throwing a stone at members of far-right group Golden Dawn, who are attacking an immigrant squat in central Athens.
Migrants and refugees sleep outside a building near Victoria Square, Athens, where hundreds have temporarily camped.
September 12, 2015.
A minefield sign near the Greek-Turkish borders at the region of Evros.
February 10, 2010
A migrant uses a blanket to get warm, as he waits to be allowed to pass the Greek-North Macedonian border, near Idomeni.
November 26, 2015
Technician resting in a TV van outside the makeshift refugee camp of Idomeni, as U.S. President Barrack Obama gives historical speech in Avana, Cuba. Idomeni.
March 21, 2016
Three refugee children play next to the wired fence in the border between Greece-North Macedonia, while a tank of the North Macedonia army guards the space. Idomeni.
March 7, 2016.
Refugee child plays with toy gun in front of Greek policemen, while migrants protest in the railway tracks, on the Greek-North Macedonian borders, near Idomeni.
March 12, 2016
A migrant with his mouth sewn shut in protest as passage is granted only to those fleeing conflict in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Gevgelija, at the border of Greece with North Macedonia.
November 23, 2015
North Macedonia policemen blocking migrants in the Greek- North Macedonia borders. Idomeni.
November 20, 2015
Migrants sit on rail tracks as they face a fence guarded by North Macedonian police at the Greek-North Macedonians border, near the Greek village of Idomeni.
February 29, 2016
Migrants throw stones at North Macedonians policemen at the Greek-North Macedonian border, near Idomeni.
November 28, 2015
A North Macedonian police officer raises his baton towards migrants to stop them from entering into North Macedonia from Greece's border, near the village of Idomeni.
August 22, 2015
Refugees and migrants cross massively the stream of Mala Reka attempting to find an alternative pass into North Macedonia after the definitive closing of the Balkan refugee corridor. Chamilo village.
March 14, 2016
Clothes are left to dry on a pile of train track materials as refugee women make their laundry at the refugee camp of Idomeni, near the Greek-North Macedonian border.
March 31, 2016
Refugees and migrants struggle during a food distribution at a refugee camp, at the border between Greece and North Macedonia, near Idomeni.
10 March 2016
Refugees and migrants sit in front of an effigy during a protest demanding the opening of the borders at the refugee camp of Idomeni.
March 28, 2016
Migrants taking cover from the rain in the Greek-North Macedonians borders, being blocked by North Macedonian police, near Idomeni.
August 22, 2015
Αn Afghan refugee finds shelter in an abandoned building in a refugee camp at the border between Greece and North Macedonia, near the village of Idomeni.
March 14, 2016
Muslim men assemble for afternoon prayer at Idomeni train station.
Syrian refugees stop for the night prayer on their way to cross the Serbian-Hungarian border near the Serbian village of Horgos.
September 8, 2015
Refugees sit next to a makeshift fire near the fence separating the Greek-North Macedonians borders, near Idomeni.
February 29, 2016
The journey has ended for a 100 Pakistani immigrants that entered Greece illegally and are being deported. The Greek police is handing them over to Pakistani police at the airport of Islamabad.
Frontex officials at the port of Chios escort migrants onboard a Turkish catamaran to carry the first group of migrants to be sent back to Turkey under the EU deal.
April 4, 2016
Migrants and refugees wait to board buses that will move them to reception camps in Roszke, Hungary.
September 9, 2015
The under construction fence at the Hungarian-Serbian borders next to the village of Röszke. Hungary.
September 8, 2015
Woman lies in a tent at a refugee camp where thousands of people wait permission to cross the border into North Macedonia, in the village of Idomeni.
February 28, 2016
A blanket of the UNHCR is laid in a field near the village of Idomeni, near the Greek – North Macedonians borders.
April 6, 2016
Refugees walk amidst smoke on rails, at a refugee camp, at the border between Greece and North Macedonia, near Idomeni.
10 March 2016