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You Can See Me but I do not Exist

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While photographing refugees across Europe, , I noticed a recurring theme was the gradual erosion of self, resulting from prolonged periods of living at the fringes of society. 

I was particularly struck by the words of a young Afghan man who was seeking asylum in Sweden: “You can see me, but I don’t exist.” 

The project has been designed as an exhibition-in-a-book.  It is presented in a binder with installation suggestions. You Can See Me, Photo Website, Erosion, Asylum, Fringes, Exist, Binder, Afghan, Sweden
You Can See me but I do not Exist
While photographing refugees across Europe, , I noticed a recurring theme was the gradual erosion of self, resulting from prolonged periods of living at the fringes of society. I was particularly struck by the words of a young Afghan man who was seeking asylum in Sweden: “You can see me, but I don’t exist.” The project has been designed as an exhibition-in-a-book. It is presented in a binder with installation suggestions.
Oil Sands
The Oil Sands project documents the devastating effects that the extraction of oil can have on a landscape as well as the complicated human relationship with the oil industry. Small cards with a photograph on one side and a fact about the Oil Sands on the other can be found throughout the book in pockets, camouflaged within the industrial landscape photographs. The cover is printed on a textured card to represent the tactile nature of the land.
Monuments
Opencast coal mining has led to the destruction of hundreds of German villages over the last century. Although Germany has promised to phase out coal by 2038, extraction continues and the future of several villages hangs in the balance. Combining Alan Gignoux’s photographs of abandoned houses and Chloe Juno’s images of the personal belongings left behind by departing families, Monuments documents and commemorates communities in North-Rhine Westphalia earmarked for demolition.
Canadian Rangers
The Canadian Rangers are part-time reservists, taken mainly from the indigenous Inuit population, who provide a military presence in remote, isolated and coastal communities of Northern Canada. Acting as the “eyes and ears in the north,” they are a vital component of the Canadian Forces in supporting national sovereignty.
You Can See Me But I Do Not Exist
“You can see me, but I don’t exist.” is Borrowed from an Afghan refugee expressing his frustration towards the system. This UK-based project aims to explore the dehumanisation experienced by people seeking refuge. Exhibition-in-a-book The exhibition-in-a-book includes refugee portraits by Alan Gignoux, poems written by refugees in response to the portraits.
While photographing refugees across Europe, , I noticed a recurring theme was the gradual erosion of self, resulting from prolonged periods of living at the fringes of society. I was particularly struck by the words of a young Afghan man who was seeking asylum in Sweden: “You can see me, but I don’t exist.” The project has been designed as an exhibition-in-a-book. It is presented in a binder with installation suggestions.
You Can See me but I do not Exist
While photographing refugees across Europe, , I noticed a recurring theme was the gradual erosion of self, resulting from prolonged periods of living at the fringes of society. I was particularly struck by the words of a young Afghan man who was seeking asylum in Sweden: “You can see me, but I don’t exist.” The project has been designed as an exhibition-in-a-book. It is presented in a binder with installation suggestions.