An Illustrated Introduction to Europe for Migrants and Refugees
EUROPA, An Illustrated Introduction to Europe for Migrants and Refugees, is a collaborative guidebook spearheaded by Magnum Photos and published by Al-liquindoi in Nov. 2016. It was awarded the 2018 Royal Photographic Society’s Hood Medal for a body of photographic work produced to promote issues of public service or concern to society. Our team: Thomas Dworzak, Lisa De Bode (writer), Alia Malek, Jessica Murray, Arianna Rinaldo.
“EUROPA is a clear-sighted, beautifully straightforward, and deceptively simple introduction to the idea, history, and practicalities of Europe for people seeking asylum.” — Bookforum
We created EUROPA with the hope that this collaborative and independent book could be used as an educational tool to inform, engage, and facilitate community exchange.
More than 5,000 hard copies were sent for free to migrants, refugees, and social workers in Greece, Italy, Spain, France, the UK, Belgium, Sweden, Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands. You can download the e-book, in Arabic, Farsi, French, and English, at Magnum Photos, and the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture.
"perform an act of welcome, which counters, in a most practical way, the anti-Europe discourse of nationalistic, right-wing parties on the rise all over the continent." — LARB
And from La Repubblica, Italy, bearing the brunt of the crisis:
“One could be tempted to believe that a picture is worth a thousand words. This book, however, contains one thousand words— perhaps one hundred thousand, because it’s not easy explaining gay rights, or how comics of Mohamed are legal, or, even worse, what is that thing that we call freedom.” — La Repubblica