MINELRES: UNITED 'Refugee deathlist' exhibite

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UNITED E-NEWS 13/3/07: UNITED 'Refugee deathlist' exhibite 

Fortress Europe - No More Deaths - the UNITED Death List documents
already over 8500 refugee deaths at Europe's borders

Artist Banu Cennetoglu and Curator Huib Haye van der Werf will exhibit
the UNITED 'Refugee Death List' at bill boards and bus stops all over
Amsterdam from 14-28 March.

Scheduled events:
- Death List displayed at 110 Billboards all over Amsterdam - 14-28
March 2007
- Seminar & film screening - 15 March 2007 (19:30-24:00) - 'SMCS on 11'
(Stedelijk Museum CS) Amsterdam
(Free admission, reservations via desk@stedelijk.nl)
- Documentation Centre INkijk (SKOR) Ruysdaelkade 2, Amsterdam - 14-20
March 2007 (12:00 ­ 19:00)

Detailed information on the events below:

The on-going tragedy of people dying in search of protection is a shame
to Europe's civil conscience. These deaths are not isolated incidents.
They are the deadly result of the building of a 'Fortress Europe'.
Europe's exclusion policy - a policy of border closing that makes it
almost impossible to legally enter Europe, that lacks re-settlement
programs and cannot guarantee refugees a safe transfer to other
countries - has forced tens of thousands of people to resort to illegal
ways of getting to a country where they are safe and where economical
survival is possible.

European governments have tried to implement border control and
militarisation policies. No matter how hard they try, they are incapable
of effectively shutting Europe's doors. The more they try, and the
stricter the laws they implement, the higher the number of deaths gets.
By reinforcing their exclusionist policy, they are shutting their eyes
to the realities of the global political and socio-economical situation.
By ignoring the tragedies experienced in the countries where most of the
refugees come from, Europe is actually missing the point of the whole
refugee and asylum question. European policies are also missing the
humanity of those fleeing those lands, and rather considering them in
terms of a problem. Europe has responded to this alleged urgency by
making legal immigration and asylum nearly impossible, thus leading to
the death of refugees.

On the way to 'Fortress Europe', in detention or identification camps,
during deportation, or once repatriated, many refugees and migrants die.
No matter how different the circumstances of these deaths are, they can
all be ultimately put down to one and only reason: the building of a
'Fortress Europe'.

THE LIST in the hands of artists

14-28 March 2007

- MUPI outdoor advertising signs, Amsterdam - 14-28 March  2007

- Documentation Centre INkijk (SKOR)  Ruysdaelkade 2, Amsterdam 14-20
March 2007 (12:00 ­ 19:00)

- Seminar & film screening, 15 March 2007 (19:30-24:00) - 'SMCS on 11'
(Stedelijk Museum CS) Oosterdokskade 5, Amsterdam

The List is project inspired by the tragedy going on at Europešs
borders, where refugees, migrants and asylum seekers die evry day in
large numbers in their attempt of entering Europeš s soil. Because of
the stricter and stricter immigration laws and territorial control
imposed by European countries, attempts of passing through the borders
become tragic. The List is a document containing more than 7000 cases of
people who died in the process of reaching Europe or at its borders. 
Since 1993 UNITED has been monitoring the deadly results of the building
of 'Fortress Europe' by making a list of the refugees and migrants, who
have died in their attempt of entering the 'Fortress' or as a result of
Europe's immigration policies. More than 8500 deaths have been
documented up to now.

UNITED for Intercultural Action ­ the largest pan-European network
against nationalism, racism, fascism and in support of migrants and
refugees ­ is a voluntary cooperation of more than 560 organisations
from 49 European countries working together - united in the biggest
anti-racism network.

For this project the List will be displayed as a poster campaign in 110
MUPIšs - outdoor advertising signs- throughout the city of Amsterdam for
the duration of two weeks, March 14 - March 28, 2007.
The poster campaign will not be commercially designed nor will it
contain any advertising, but it will display the List itself.

The project will be opened by a seminar held at 'SMCS on 11', in which
an international group of artists, filmmakers, photographers and
academics will present work in the context of the list.

Throughout the week an information center will be made available to the
public at SKORšs INkijk, in the center of Amsterdam. Here supplementary
information about the List and the other international initiatives
dealing with the issues of Europe being a fortress and the fate of
refugees will be made available to the public.

The purpose of this project is to confront a general audience with this
crucial document by making it visible within the public sphere. The
urgency to do so lies in the consistent portrayal of Europe having an
Œinsideš and an Œoutsideš. The representation of Europe as a fortress -
through political discourse and therefore news agencies - leads to
singular notions of Œusš and Œthemš. However, we are at a moment where
the borders of Europe are in a process of redefinition and where what is
external today can be internal tomorrow. Rather than portraying Europe
as an enclosed and limited entity, one could consider embracing the
uncertainty of its boundaries as something positive and unlimited. 

The List as it is proposed here, however, is not merely meant as a
socio-political project, but also as an experiment in exploring the
borders and the scope of artistic practise. From this, it seeks out the
limits of critical potential of the Œcultural instituteš as well. What
role can art play in the discussion on - and depiction of ­ Fortress
Europe and migration? From what position can it do so?

A special component of The List is that, due to its appeal for humanity,
it mobilizes organizations and people to contribute and support the
project. Various organizations support the project on different levels:
Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (SMBA) is our official host
organization. 11 (Post CS building) will host the discussion and the
screening. SKOR has offered their space ­ de INkijk ­ as a
documentation/information center.

Maison Descartes has offered their rooms to accommodate our guests
taking part in the symposium.
UNITED, American Center Foundation and Idea Books make the list
available to the public.

Seminar & film screening, March 15
'SMCS on 11' (Stedelijk Museum CS)
Oosterdokskade 5, Amsterdam
15 March 19:30-24:00
Free admission, reservations via desk@stedelijk.nl

19:30   Welcome and brief introduction to the project by Cennetoglu and
Van der Werf
19:45   Screening of Britanya by Marjoleine Boonstra (2005; 13 min.)
The film is about refugees who have stranded in Calais on their way to
She asks them only one question: ŒCan you describe your face?š 
20:00   Comprehensive introduction to the project and participants by
Marina Grzinic
20:30   15 minutes for each guest to introduce themselves and present
their work
21:30   Debate, chaired by Grzinic. In this discussion people in the
(professional) audience can also be called on to participate
22:30   Closing statement, break and introduction to Zilnikšs film
22:45   Kennedy Goes Home (part I) by Zelimir Zilnik (2003 ą 78 min.)
        A film about Kennedy; a Serb with a Roma background who (has)
spent the greater part of his life in Germany until he was sent back to
Serbia because of the EU recommendation that his reasons for staying in
Europe were no longer valid. His makes his living by driving a cab for a
low fare for people who were deported back to former Yugoslavia in one
night, just like he was.

Marjoleine Boonstra, filmmaker and photographer. In 2002 she received
the L.J. Jordaan prize from the Amsterdamšs Fund for the Art and the
Icodo prize for her film Bela Bela. Boonstrašs films are to be seen
internationally through various institutions such as Arte, BRT, VPRO and

Ad van Denderen, photographer. Over the past twelve years Ad van
Denderen has done many photographic reports on refugees, often during
their dangerous migration, in order to put the viewer right at the scene
of the action and penetrate to the heart of this sensitive subject. He
has won various prizes for his work, and published in periodicals such
as Vrij Nederland, Geo and The Independent.

Marina Grzinic is a researcher at the Institute of Philosophy at the
Slovenian Academy of Science and Art in Ljubjana, Slovenia, and lecturer
at the Academy of Visual Arts, Vienna. She is also active as a media
theoretician, art critic and curator.

Martin Krenn, artist. In his work he investigates and treats
social/political issues. He uses various media, including photography,
video and internet to develop projects that take place in exhibitions
and in the public space both virtually and physically. 

Willem van Weelden is a researcher, writer, visual artist and lecturer
in the field of interactive media. He has been involved with many
projects surrounding the topic of the social and political implications
of media and information.

Zelimir Zilnik has been making and producing films in the former
Yugoslavia since the 1960s. He was the founder of the production company
Teresianum, and made television productions for the independent radio
and television station B92 in Belgrade.

The List is a project by artist Banu Cennetoglu and curator Huib Haye
van der Werf, produced by Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, in
collaboration with the Art in Public Space Foundation (SKOR), SMCS on
11, UNITED  for Intercultural Action, Maison Descartes - Institut
Francais des Pays-Bas and Idea Books.
The List is made possible in part by the American Center Foundation.

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