“Outcast Europe” presents an exhibition of personal items, offered by residents of six European countries – Greece, Bulgaria, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia, Czech and Hungary. The items carry the personal experiences of their owners and at the same time contain the impact of migration experience in the group conscience of the respective countries, and therefore of Europe.
Blue Ego i
.The reasons and the atmosphere of outward migration from Hungary. The less visible, hidden, but real problems beyond the term “dangers of migration”. As it happens very often, many of the family members and close friends of Blue Ego have left Hungary recently. Additionally, as a result of his profession, he is in daily contact with the asylum-seekers arriving to Hungary.
Tank money box i
.The ceramic tank money-box belongs to an acclaimed Hungarian journalist of Hungarian and Syrian origins. She tells the following story: “I received it from my sister when she was working in Algeria. This surreal souvenir was displayed in my living room and it always triggered exciting conversations with my guests: what makes craftsmen sell tank-shaped ceramics? What could be the living conditions in such places? These discussions about various countries and war zones made me realize that most of the people are unaware of the differences between being a migrant or refugee. This is definitely the result of recent politics that aims to blur the very important distinction between migrants and refugees.”
A backpack that travelled from Iran to Hungary i
Amir .Amir* fled Iran in 2010 due to political reasons. He crossed Turkey, Greece, FYR Macedonia and Serbia before arriving to Hungary, where he submitted his asylum-claim. He was kept in asylum detention for the duration of the procedure. After 4 months we was finally granted a refugee status and moved, at first, to an open reception center near Budapest, then to the capital. A chef by profession, Amir had several jobs from cleaning to working in an internet café before he could start working in a restaurant. He learned perfect Hungarian and became Hungarian citizen in 2016. Amir now lives in Budapest with his Hungarian wife and their son. He offered his backpack and mobile phone he had throughout his journey from Iran to Hungary. He also offered us two of the telephone cards he had to buy while staying in asylum detention, where his mobile phone (along with other valuables) were (temporarily) taken away be the Police. *The name of the donor is changed due to security reasons.