Archives de catégorie : Cabinet de curiosités

En travaillant sur les murs, nous trouvons parfois des informations étranges, loufoques, surprenantes… Nous avons choisi de les partager dans ce cabinet de curiosités.

Faute de place, les Pays-Bas logent les réfugiés en prison, Jean-Pierre Stroobants,, 13/06/2016

« La pénurie d’hébergements pour les migrants contraint les autorités néerlandaises à ouvrir les établissements pénitentiaires laissés à l’abandon.

Des Syriens, des Afghans, quelques Libyens, deux ou trois Algériens, un Marocain : tous sont demandeurs d’asile aux Pays-Bas. Et profitent de la liberté que leur offre le royaume… en prison. Confrontées à des difficultés pour accueillir les réfugiés, les autorités néerlandaises ont décidé de loger un bon nombre d’entre eux dans des établissements pénitentiaires à l’abandon, parfois promis à la démolition. Sirattulah, Fadi, Amina et quelques centaines de leurs compatriotes habitent ainsi d’anciennes cellules de la prison De Koepel, à Haarlem, dont les portes sont désormais grandes ouvertes. »   (…)

Voir aussi :

Muhammed Muhseisen (photographe AP), Olanda, crimine in calo: carceri diventano centri di accoglienza per i rifugiati,, 18/05/2016

(ap)  Sull’onda del maxi-flusso di migranti – sessantamila nel 2015 – il governo olandese ha stabilito che diversi istituti di pena del Paese, in particolare nelle città di Haarlem e Arnhem, siano adibiti a centri di accoglienza temporanea per richiedenti asilo. Il fotografo dell’agenzia Associted Press Muhammed Muhseisen, due volte vincitore del premio Pulitzer, ha trascorso quaranta giorni nelle strutture olandesi scelte per questo scopo. I rifugiati sosteranno nelle carceri un tempo massimo di sei mesi: non sono autorizzati a lavorare ma possono frequentare corsi di lingua olandese e imparare ad andare in bicicletta. Uno degli ospiti ha spiegato al reporter:  »Se un Paese non ha criminali da mettere in cella vuol dire che il posto migliore per vivere ».

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Crédits : Muhammed Muhseisen (AP), ibidem

Connected Walls, online documentary experience, 2014 november

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Be ready to break walls online on the 9th of November 2014!

Préparez-vous à briser des murs en ligne le 9/11/2014 !

¡Rompamos los muros el 9/11/2014!

  » On November 9th 2014, we’ll celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall. Past history? Not really… 41 walls are still separating communities worldwide.

 « Connected Walls » is an online documentary experience that explores lives of populations divided by separation walls right now in 2014.

 Over 2 months, « Connected Walls » will be a live experience. 2 film crews, each composed by 2 local directors living on each side of the walls will co-direct a new 5 minute-movie released every 10 days using the wall as a backdrop, the ultimate frontier.

« Connected walls » is also an active experience for all web-users that will comment, share, and decide what the content of the next video should be!

 We want to raise awareness and stir a debate about the validity of separation walls. Our ultimate mission is to instigate citizen participation, advance cultural dialogue, and help younger generations build a more peaceful future. »

Crédit photo et texte : Connected Walls,


To play or not to play…in Melilla



African migrants look down on white-clad golfers in viral photo,, 23/10/2014

 « Realities clash as campaigner captures image of asylum seekers stuck on razorwire fence above elite club on Morocco-Melilla border.

 Behind them lay the makeshift campgrounds where they had spent months living rough, waiting for the right moment to climb the six-metre, razorwire fence lying between them and their dream of making it to Europe. In front of them lay an immaculately groomed golf course complete with white-clad golfers teeing off.

 The two radically different realities, just metres apart, was what greeted a dozen or so migrants caught on the triple fence that marks the border between Spain’s north African enclave of Melilla and Morocco on Wednesday. After 200 had tried to scale the fence, Spain’s interior ministry said 20 people had made it to the enclave and another 70 remained perched on top of the fence for several hours.

 The photo was taken by José Palazón, of the migrant rights group Pro.De.In Melilla, after he noticed that some of the migrants had got caught on the fence in the area overlooking the golf course.

 “It seemed like a good moment to take a photo that was a bit more symbolic. The photo reflects the situation really well – the differences that exist here and all the ugliness that is happening here,” he told El País newspaper. »   (…)

Credit : Reuters, ibidem

Border militia confronts bat researchers, Jonathan Clark,, 02/09/2014


 « A group of heavily armed militiamen confronted a team of scientists who had been studying bats in a cave near Sonoita last week, apparently mistaking them for illegal border-crossers or drug-smugglers.

 No one was hurt during the late-night encounter in the GardnerCanyon area, but the incident highlights the potential for trouble when citizens take up arms in hopes of defending the U.S.-Mexico border.

 U.S. Customs and Border Protection “does not endorse or support any private group or organization to take border security matters into their own hands as it could have disastrous personal and public safety consequences” the agency said in a statement.

 The confrontation near Sonoita began at approximately 11 p.m. on Aug. 23, according to a report given by one of the scientists to a Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputy. The team of three researchers had been counting bats in OnyxCave, and as they began walking back to their campsite near Gardner Canyon Road, they were flashed with a spotlight by a group of men.

 The men reportedly began shouting at the scientists in Spanish, and identified themselves as a militia group protecting the U.S.-Mexico border. The scientists identified themselves and continued to walk to their campsite “while seeking cover,” according to the deputy’s report. » (…)


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Recuerdos, Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello, Boom, Spring 2014, 4, 1

cemetery_wall-590x392 » Since 2000, we have been traveling along the United States–Mexico border, collecting memories and stories of the places and people we have met, and documenting a series of scenarios, real and imagined, along the border wall.

 (…) This Grand Borderlands Tour traces the consequences of a security infrastructure that stands both conceptually and physically perpendicular to human mobility. The artifacts that Grand Tourists would return home with—art, books, pictures, sculpture—became symbols of wealth and freedom. Our border wall has become a barrier to movement that would create art, books, pictures, sculpture, wealth, freedom.

 On this journey, our collected experiences are represented in the form of snow globes: souvenirs, or recuerdos—a Spanish term that defines both the trinkets one might purchase at tourist shops and memories. » (…)


« Since 2000, Partners Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello have been traveling along the U.S. Mexico border, collecting memories and stories of the places and people they have met and encountered. …

 Recuerdos (Souvenirs) is a journey documenting a series of scenarios, real and imagined, along the U.S.-Mexico Border Wall. It is a story that must be told, for it is an account of the largest construction project in 21st century Usonia. Almost exactly the distance of the Grand Tour, the migratory route for upper-class European men that went from London to Rome, this journey stretches along the southern border for 1,931 miles. This Nuevo Grand Tour traces the consequences of a security infrastructure that stands both conceptually and physically perpendicular to human migration. Whereas the artifacts Grand Tourists would return with (art, books, pictures, sculpture) became symbols of wealth and freedom, the border wall is a preventative measure against Grand Tourists from the south.

 On this journey, the collected experiences are accounted for in the form of stories, drawings, images, postcards, key chains and snow globes: souvenirs, or recuerdos—a Spanish term that defines both the trinkets one might purchase at tourist shops, and memories—in this case declarative memory that is both semantic (independent of context) and episodic (particular to context). The recuerdos gathered are tragic, sublime and absurd, occasionally hyperbolized, but in all cases based on real experiences and events existing in the liminal space that defines the southern boundary of the United States. »

All images :  Rael San Fratello :

1- Border  Wall Cemetery

2- Moleskine Memories

3- Border Wall Volleyball Net :

See also : « ¡Viva Border Volleyball!… »,