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Closing In
2009

Closing In

Seba Kurtis

DROWNED (Spain, 2007-2009)

Week in, week out they take the gamble: Africans who hope to reach the Canary Islands in rickety little boats – and with the Islands, Europe. Some succeed, many drown. Seba Kurtis's photo series DROWNED is a tart commentary on the fate of illegal refugees. The photographer, who himself lived for years in Spain as an 'illegal', threw his photo material into the sea along the coast of the Canary Islands, and presents only the images that 'survived', mutilated, blurred and literally washed out, an echo of his own family photos that years before he had been able to save from a flood. In this way Kurtis confronts us with the human dimension of the issue of illegal immigration, not as a detached outsider, but as an emotionally involved individual, who has experienced first-hand that 'home' is a flexible concept, something that takes a middle ground between a dream and a memory.

  • DROWNED (Spain, 2007-2009)

    Week in, week out they take the gamble: Africans who hope to reach the Canary Islands in rickety little boats – and with the Islands, Europe. Some succeed, many drown. Seba Kurtis's photo series DROWNED is a tart commentary on the fate of illegal refugees. The photographer, who himself lived for years in Spain as an 'illegal', threw his photo material into the sea along the coast of the Canary Islands, and presents only the images that 'survived', mutilated, blurred and literally washed out, an echo of his own family photos that years before he had been able to save from a flood. In this way Kurtis confronts us with the human dimension of the issue of illegal immigration, not as a detached outsider, but as an emotionally involved individual, who has experienced first-hand that 'home' is a flexible concept, something that takes a middle ground between a dream and a memory.

  • DROWNED (Spain, 2007-2009)

  • DROWNED (Spain, 2007-2009)

  • DROWNED (Spain, 2007-2009)

  • DROWNED (Spain, 2007-2009)

Biography

Drowned (2007-2009)

Week in, week out they take the gamble: Africans who hope to reach the Canary Islands in rickety little boats – and with the Islands, Europe. Some succeed, many drown. Seba Kurtis's photo series Drowned is a tart commentary on the fate of illegal refugees. The photographer, who himself lived for years in Spain as an 'illegal', threw his photo material into the sea along the coast of the Canary Islands, and presents only the images that 'survived', mutilated, blurred and literally washed out, an echo of his own family photos that years before he had been able to save from a flood. In this way Kurtis confronts us with the human dimension of the issue of illegal immigration, not as a detached outsider, but as an emotionally involved individual, who has experienced first-hand that 'home' is a flexible concept, something that takes a middle ground between a dream and a memory.

Seba Kurtis (b. Argentina, 1974) grew up under the Videla dictatorship. He studied journalism and developed into a political activist. When Argentina collapsed economically in 2001, Kurtis left for Spain. His two series Drowned  and 700 MILES deal with the life and death of illegal African and Mexican refugees. Kurtis presently lives in Great Britain.

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Human Conditions

Human Conditions

Price EUR 15,00