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Κουμπαράς τανκ


The ceramic tank money-box belongs to the acclaimed Hungarian journalist Al Ghaoui Hesna, of Hungarian and Syrian origins.

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.

Al Ghaoui Hesna


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Year / Era of creation:
Early 2000s (period of purchase)
Al Ghaoui Hesna | International Organisation for Migration Hungary
Type / Description of object:
Ceramic money box in the shape of a tank
Object route:
Algeria – Hungary – Greece
Year / Era of movement:
Early 2000s
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