Since 2007 photographer Samuel Gratacap (1982, FR) has been collecting the stories of the migrants he has come to know in Tunisia, Libya and Italy. Based on the testimonies of the people he meets, he follows their routes and documents its transitory spaces along the Mediterranean Sea, travelling in the opposite direction. He goes beyond the scope of most news media outlets and uncovers deplorable conditions that reveal the economy surrounding migration – from human smuggling to slavery. This results in both poetic and more conceptual works, allowing his photography to move between art and photojournalism.
Foam presents a selection of works that Gratacap has made in the past ten years, from Lampedusa to Tunisia, Libya, and back to Europe via the Italian mainland. In an alternation of photographs, video works and audio fragments, the exhibition shows both sensitive and more conceptual reflections on the cross-links between European decision-making, economic interests and individual hopes and dreams. The work of Samuel Gratacap meets between art and photojournalism and reveals a system that maintains itself as a vicious circle from macro to micro level.
Keizersgracht 609, 1017 DS Amsterdam, the Netherlands
June 15, 2018 to September 09, 2018