Samuel Gratacap (1982, FR) has been following the lives of African refugees and migrants since 2007 and has then started to follow their routes around the Mediterranean Sea in reverse order.
His road is based on testimonies of migrants he has come to know and contacts he got via via. Gratacap's work is about territories of movement: the crossing of land borders, the waiting rooms for daily workers, the prison, but also the roads to a renewed identity. He goes beyond most news media and comes across deplorable conditions that reveal the economy surrounding migration - from human smuggling to slavery.
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.
The works in this exhibition received the support of the FNAGP, the CNAP, the agnès b. endowment fund and Olympus.
The exhibition was developed in collaboration with Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire, Paris.
Foam is supported by the BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, the City of Amsterdam, Delta Lloyd, Olympus and the VandenEnde Foundation.