The Migrant (Moving) Image - Transit: Centro di Permanenza Temporanea

Art Institute A Tale of a Tub created a programme in response to the present migrant crisis. As the idea of the nation state is becoming increasingly attractive, the reality is that not only commodities but also people and ideas are continually on the move, as artists like Adrian Paci and Mounir Fatmi tell us. Guest speakers are Ola Mafaalani and Kader Abdollah.

Centri di Permanenza Temporanea (literally Centre for Permanent Temporariness) is the Italian name for removal centres or detention centres. The name also references the contradictory state of ‘permanent temporariness’ in which many refugees and (illegal) migrants find themselves. Multimedia artists from all over the world outline in their work an alternative for the European political reflex to keep out illegal immigrants by sealing the borders of the nation state. Our contemporary culture is defined by a state of ‘permanent flux’: on the one hand there is free exchange of data and ideas in global networks, on the other hand there is the physical and often illegal transfer of people and commodities.

The films included in the second part of The Migrant (Moving) Image examine the fate of people who have fallen victim to poverty, armed conflict or political and social persecution and are caught in a state of transit. People who live in an undefined  zone between deportation and conflict, between their native country and the land of their dreams.

The participating artists come from Albania, Colombia, Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, Peru, Finland and Zimbabwe  (Halida Boughriet, Dina Danish, Mounir Fatmi, Karl Ketamo, Gerald Machona, Adrian Paci, Marco Pando and Enrique Ramírez). This evening there will be a Q&A with Dina Danish. Guest speakers are Ola Mafaalani and Kader Abdollah.

The Migrant (Moving) Image was developed by the Rotterdam art institute A Tale of a Tub and is curated by Nathanja van Dijk in collaboration with EYE. The programme was funded by the Mondriaan Fonds, the DeltaPORT Donatiefonds and Mendes Wood DM. The presentation in EYE is supported by the Amsterdam Fund for the Art.