the image here has given the title to the exhibition — running at the photographer’s gallery until the end of january — ‘open see’ is a reference to the red felt pen annotation to the photograph. ‘in the open see don’t have borders’ is a translation of the inscription, in arabic, on the door of the refrigerator. the writer of the inscription, one of two afghani refugee — detainees, whose arms are shown in the photograph, one pointing to the inscription. a more comprehensible translation of the inscription would be
“the sea of sadness has no shore”
this project has its origins in the 2004 olympic games in greece, a cultural commission for the event which has evolved into this ongoing documentation.
the two refugees, at the time of the photograph, were being held at a camp in lavrio, greece, 2005.
the award winning magnum photographer, jim goldberg, has based his photographic career on the documentation and portrayal of the dispossessed, the outside, and the unwanted, this exhibition presents images of people who have travelled to europe to escape the ravages of war, poverty, and disease in their home countries in africa, the middle east, and asia. the images here document their often hostile and brutal reception as new europeans.
until 31st january (images in this post © jim goldberg / magnum photos)
the photographers’ gallery
16 — 18 ramillies street
london w1f 7lw
tue, wed, sat: 11.00 — 18.00
thu & fri: 11.00 — 20.00
sun: 12.00 – 18.00