Alan Gignoux

Location: London
Nationality: United Kingdom and United States of America
Biography: Commissions Camera Obscura Refugee project 2019 - present I am using a camera obscura to photograph migrants. Thew subjects appear as blurry figures against a European urban environment that remains clearly in focus. By using this creative... read on
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England or bust
Copyright alan gignoux 2021
Updated 06/20/20
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Over the past ten years, The Port of Ostend has become a major gateway for illegal immigrants trying to enter the United Kingdom. Ostend is attractive to the refugees as there is a direct ferry service to Ramsgate with thirteen ferries leaving every day, carrying 600 lorries. New technology is making detection easier but the immigrants find creative ways to avoid detection.

No immigrants at the CAW Centre in Ostend agreed to be photographed or reveal their names, apart from two refugees, one from Afghanistan who has Belgian residency who explains the process that the refugees undertake to evade the British authorities. The other, an Algerian, suffering from Diabetes describes his gruelling trip across Europe.

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