The topic of the artistic project “Seeking Home” is the great refugee wave that swept over European borders, developing from the initially barely visible flows from one world to another into an increasingly dramatical “migration of people.” The continuing deaths in the Mediterranean caused many refugees to search for a longer and safer route to Europe, leading them through Crete, Turkey, Greece, and Macedonia to Serbia. As a result, Serbia has become a new Lampedusa, a new departure point for entering the European Union. The work focuses on the fate of a disadvantaged group of refugees who have been forced to wait for the right moment to enter the European Union at certain border crossings. The theme is not elaborated abstractly; its political and economic causes are not factually analyzed. Instead, the topic is presented as a specific fact of life. This piece of art questions the unstable position of refugees in the present socio-political context.
The core of this multimedia installation is a series of photographs taken at the borders of two countries, specifically at the outer border of the EU. This work removes the portrayed people from the uniquely named groups of “migrants” and “refugees” and gives them the status of a subject. The work’s anti-reporter approach is reflected in the critical and deconstructivist relation to media reporting accounts of the destinies of refugees. The people in these photos are aware that they are being photographed; they are facing the camera frontally, looking straight at the observer. This work depicts the issue of exile, and displacement as well as the issue of presentation, striking a pose and posing for a photo by the people looking for their political and legal identity.