Creatieve Industrie

Home in Limbo

An insight into how an invisible group of asylum seekers create a place for themselves within our society.
vrijdag 1 dec 2017, 12.00
vr 1 dec 2017, 12.00

Home in Limbo is a socially motivated exhibition, created and produced in collaboration with the We Are Here Movement media team. The images show fragments from the lives of failed asylum seekers; those who are not allowed to be here, but that are not able to leave. What does 'home' mean to you when you're an immigrant with or without papers?

When rejected asylum seekers are denied documents from the Dutch government, they are instructed to return to their country of origin as soon as possible. However, this is problematic. The documents, which were insufficient to receive a residence permit, are also insufficient for returning home. They fall through the cracks of the system. No country wants to take them in, and they have nowhere to go.

Life for them is largely outside the view of society. There is a constant danger of getting caught for being undocumented. Even with these dire circumstances, some of them still manage to create a place for themselves. A place is a part of space where somebody feels at home. This place does not have to be physical. Objects and memories can also be a part of it.

We Are Here

‘This project, in which all the photographic content is created by the We Are Here Media Team, gives a unique insight into the daily life, wishes and needs of this group. How would you create a home in limbo? What would your life look like without a house, without a card for public transport, without a paid vacation, and without health insurance? How would you make use of the space you do have in this situation? And what would it do to you personally if you did not have this space?

Home in Limbo is a research project of the Honours Research Seminar of the Humanities Honours Programme of Utrecht University. ‘Home in Limbo’ was realized in close cooperation with the We Are Here Media Team. The Media Team produced the pictures and the stories. Therefore, the exclusive rights on the pictures belong to them.