Now You See Me Moria
Exhibition: 2 Jul – 25 Aug 2021
Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam
1017 DS Amsterdam
Mon-Wed 10-18; Thu-Fri 10-21; Sat-Sun 10-18
Personal experiences, anger and pain are the basis of the special project Now You See Me Moria in which refugees share photos and stories via Instagram about their daily life in Moria, the largest refugee camp in Europe, located in Greece.
This summer, Foam presents the exhibition Now You See Me Moria together with het Nederlands Fotomuseum en Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Each from their own perspective, the institutions aim to show these disconcerting images to a broad audience.
Pain, anger and personal stories are at the core of this special project about daily life in Moria. This refugee camp, located in Greece, is the largest in Europe. A group of people from Moria share their photos and stories via Instagram. @now_you_se_me_moria was started in August 2020 by Amir, a young Afghan man, and Noemí, a Spanish image editor who lives and works in the Netherlands. Foam presents a selection of photos and posters from this project, beginning 2 July.
Now You See Me Moria addresses existing stereotypes about refugees by stressing the importance of self-representation. The images in this exhibition strike a chord because they are taken by people who are stuck in Moria. A selection of the photographs show women living in the camp and are also taken by women from the camp. Many of these photos are taken with a cell phone. They portray the intimate everyday world of the residents. The people in them, including many children, remain anonymous to ensure their safety. Even though the photos are not always perfectly framed or aesthetically pleasing their strength lies in their authenticity. The viewer feels the gravity of the images.
Like no other, these photographers are capable of portraying the intimate everyday world of the residents because they themselves are part of it. Even though the photos are not always perfectly framed or aesthetically pleasing, their strength lies in their authenticity and purity. Often the horizon is skewed, or heads and feet fall outside the frame, but while watching you feel the necessity of what the images want to tell.
Foam is supported by the BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, City of Amsterdam, Foam Members and the VandenEnde Foundation.
In 2021 Foam receives additional support from Kickstart Cultuurfonds and the Mondriaan Fund.