This project chronicles the dangerous journey of refugees towards Europe. It turns its characters into co-authors and reveals the vulnerable yet relatable side of refugees. Their personal handwriting on their polaroids humanizes what otherwise is merely a still photograph. Many wrote of their struggles, their feelings of loneliness, and despair.
The positive attitude didn't last long. Right-wing movements used the crisis to portray refugees as alien threats to the continent. Soon fear and xenophobia dominated the debate. Dubious political deals were made between the EU, Turkey and other countries to prevent migrants from crossing borders. Refugees were driven to take more dangerous routes and many were left left many stranded on Greek islands and found themselves living while living under very poor conditions. A young refugee in Greece subsumed the whole calamity as he wrote on his Polaroid picture: “I see only Humans, not Humanity.”