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Foam | Stedelijk Museum : Now You See Me Moria

Personal experiences, anger and pain are the basis of a special project in which refugees share photos and stories via Instagram about their daily life in Moria, the largest refugee camp in Europe, located in Greece. It is the first time that three Dutch cultural institutions, being the Nederlands Fotomuseum, Foam and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, collaborate to host a platform for the international collective Now You See Me Moria. The institutions aim, each from their own perspective, to show these disconcerting images to a broad audience. The photos and open call posters provide a new perspective on reality. Apart from the fires in September last year, hardly any images come out or are in the news. The photos show the daily life in the camp, the appalling conditions, but sometimes also images of an unexpected beauty. In addition to Rotterdam and Amsterdam, Now You See Me Moria will be presented at various cultural locations in Europe this year including Munich (GE), Vienna (AT), Barcelona (SP), Getxo (SP) and Viseu (PT).


Images from Moria

Now You See Me Moria started by Amir in August 2020, a young Afghan refugee, and Spanish image editor Noemí, who lives and works in the Netherlands. In an effort to make people in Europe aware of the inhumane situation in Moria, they launched an Instagram account sharing photos and stories about daily life in the camp.

What makes these photos special is that they were taken by photographer Amir, a refugee himself and stuck in Moria as a resident for a year. In a co-authorship with Noemí, Ali and Mustafa from Afghanistan and Qutaeba from Syria, refugees also residing in Moria, he records life there. Like no other, these photographers are capable of portraying the intimate everyday world of the residents because they themselves are part of it. Many photos are made with a cell phone and the refugees, including many children, are not recognizable on the pictures because of their safety. Even though the photos are not always perfectly framed or aesthetically pleasing, their strength lies in their authenticity and purity. Often the horizon is skewed, or heads and feet fall outside the frame, but while watching you feel the necessity of what the images want to tell. 

Nederlands fotomuseum, Now You See Me Moria, opening May-June 2021 (Dates subject to change)

In the collection of the Nederlands Fotomuseum, engaged photography and attention to the less fortunate play an important role. The museum has a lot of work in its collection by photographers such as Ata Kandó, Peter Martens, Ad van Denderen and Maria Toby who all showed commitment to people on the run and in need. For example, Kandó portrayed Hungarian refugees in 1956 and Ad van Denderen portrayed European migration history in his Go No Go project by following migrants and refugees on their way to a better life during fifteen years. The Now You See Me Moria project builds on this tradition. The Nederlands Fotomuseum will be showing a selection of the photos, open call posters and a number of video installations as soon as it is allowed to open. 


Foam, Now You See Me Moria, opening July 2021 (dates subject to change)

Foam is an internationally operating organisation in the field of photography, based in Amsterdam. Foam enables people all over the world to experience and enjoy all aspects of photography, whether it's at our museum, on the digital platform, via our internationally distributed magazine or in our Editions department. Foam discovers, develops, defines, collects, publishes and stimulates. In this process, scouting and presenting emerging talent is one of our distinguishing qualities. Foam focuses on talent, development, internationalization and education, with an explicit focus on strengthening the connection with society. Themes such as migration, dentity, sexuality, economic justice and climate are to a large extent formed, determined and shared by images in today's society. Foam wants to show, interpret and discuss these themes from photography more emphatically on the basis of public programs and exhibitions. The Now You See Me Moria project fits in with this ambition. Foam will show a selection of the photos and posters, spread over the entire building on Keizersgracht.

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, now you see me Moria, opening September 2021 (dates subject to change)

The Stedelijk Museum has an important tradition of photography and graphic design. Graphic design has been on display since the 1930s and the museum has one of the largest collections in the world. In 1958, the Stedelijk was one of the first modern museums to see photography as a fully-fledged art medium, and now it has a photo collection of international importance, with an important place for documentary photography. The photos of the Moria photographers and the open call posters of the Now You See Me Moria project are the second edition of the POST/NO/BILLS concept in which the Stedelijk shows current graphic design, responding to trends and social developments. The photos and posters are given a central place: around the historic staircase, one of the most important walking routes in the museum.


About the collective now you see me Moria

Now You See Me Moria consists of Noemí, a Spanish photo editor living in the Netherlands, photographers Amir, Ali and Mustafa from Afghanistan, Qutaeba from Syria, graphic designers such as Raoul Gottschling, street artists, political science students and a growing number of others. To ensure their safety, last names of the photographers and those closely involved are not given. All those involved in this project cooperate on a voluntary basis. It is an internationally growing (citizen) movement - to which more and more civil society organizations are joining to bring the inhuman conditions in Moria to light and put it on the political agenda. With the aim of realizing an immediate evacuation of the camps and a change in the European migration policy.

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Amir, Ali and Mustafa from Afghanistan and Qutaeba from Syria 

For more information, visit the website of Foam and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam


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