“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.
Painting: Soap from Aleppo i
.Artist: Olivér Szax ”As a painter, I tried to mix abstract symbol systems and realist details in order to face the word 'change', which serves as a synonym for life, and its different types: change deriving from vulnerability, as well as change deriving from conscious decisions.”
Painting: Remains a value i
.”The legacy of old houses in Budaörs and an apron left behind…After 300 years the Krauts of Budaörs had 30 minutes to pack…they took the values that they gave from themselves, and gave it to others. However, their approach to life and a piece of their diligence was left behind. If not otherwise, in the ruins of their houses. In the roots of the peach trees left behind. They just need to be found. They can come to life. The image board narrates the insecurity of migration. Painting - Artist: Boglárka Gulyás
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 .”I’m from Shiraz, in the South of Iran. I was a mechanical designer for an oil refinery and petrochemical factories. When I was in Iran I had a political problem with the government. There was an election in 2009 after which the situation deteriorated so I had to leave my country. I went to Turkey and from there someone drove me to Hungary by truck. I didn’t plan to come to Hungary, I just wanted to go to a safe place. It was dangerous in Turkey so my family paid for a truck that transferred me here with a group of other people. I was on the road for 6 or 7 days. When I arrived here I didn’t know where I was. The driver told us to go towards the light that seemed like a village. He said once we arrived we could go anywhere we want so we did as he told us. But when we got there, there was only a gas or electrical station and nothing else. The Hungarian police found us and took us to a closed camp. That’s when they told us that we were in Hungary. It was a very tough situation because I didn’t know who I was surrounded by, what they would do to us or what the situation was like. I didn’t know much about Hungary. I knew a little about football players and when I was a child there were some buses in Iran that were imported from Hungary. But that was all the information I had. I met my wife here and we got married 3 years ago. Our baby was born this year. When migrants or refugees arrive to a new country they need help to learn the language and to find a job. But in the past 6 years only my wife helped me and nobody else. The situation has been very hard but I feel happy when I’m with my family. I grew up in Iran, most of my memories, good times and bad times, are from there. I miss my family, I miss my culture. Fortunately I can adapt to any culture. But no matter how flexible you are in the end you still feel that something is missing. Food is something I can cook by myself but culture is what’s always missing. If I hadn’t been forced to leave Iran I would have never considered coming here, not even for a moment. But I had no other choice. For me home is the place where I feel free. It doesn’t matter where. If you’re not free, if you’re under oppression you don’t feel like you’re home. Sometimes I don’t feel at home here. There are racist views, but people don’t have enough information. If you have information you can understand people. In the past Iran accepted refugees from Europe but people here don’t know this. They think: “Why did these people come here?” They understand if you explain but generally they’re not open. They treat you like someone unwanted. A former colleague of mine called me a terrorist. He thought Muslims were all terrorists and that’s all there is to it. So I sat down with him and told him about our history and culture. Then he understood it’s not true. And these kinds of things have happened several times. The past 6 years were hard but good as well. I’m sad and happy at the same time. I lost many things in my country. But I’m happy because I leant many things which I can teach to my children. I hope I can transfer this knowledge to a new generation.”