(Un)refuges

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Gallery updated on July 9, 2016

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled - 2015, oil on canvas, 18,5x23,5 cm

Valdelallama, León

Valdelallama, León

Spain, Valdelallama, León - 2015, oil on canvas, 33x41 cm

Valdemorilla, León

Valdemorilla, León

Spain, Valdemorilla, León - 2015, oil on canvas, 33x41 cm

Alanis, Sevilla

Alanis, Sevilla

Spain, Alanis - 2015, oil on canvas, 33x41 cm

Alfacam, Granada

Alfacam, Granada

Alfacar, Granada - 2015, oil on canvas, 27x35 cm

Rivesaltes: The ruins and the shadow II

Rivesaltes: The ruins and the shadow II

Rivesaltes: The ruins and the shadow II - 2013 - 32x40 cm, oil on canvas

Rivesaltes: The ruins and the shadow III

Rivesaltes: The ruins and the shadow III

Rivesaltes: The ruins and the shadow III - 2015 - 14x22 cm, oil on canvas

“Le ciel bas et lourd pèse comme un couvercle”

“Le ciel bas et lourd pèse comme un couvercle”

“Le ciel bas et lourd pèse comme un couvercle” - 2014 - 22x35 cm, oil on canvas

Rivesaltes: The ruins and the shadow II

Rivesaltes: The ruins and the shadow II

Rivesaltes: The ruins and the shadow II - 2013 - 32x40 cm, oil on canvas

Rivesaltes: The ruins and the shadow I

Rivesaltes: The ruins and the shadow I

Rivesaltes: The ruins and the shadow I- 2013 - 100x130 cm, oil on canvas

Border crossings of exile: Coll de Malrem

Border crossings of exile: Coll de Malrem

Coll de Malrem - 2014 - 90x146 cm, Oil on canvas

¿Qué hicieron de vos, hijo que no acabó de vivir? ¿acabó de morir?  (Refugiados IV)

¿Qué hicieron de vos, hijo que no acabó de vivir? ¿acabó de morir? (Refugiados IV)

“What did they do to you, son, who did not quite live? did not quite die? (Refugees IV) - 2014 - 130x97 cm, oil on canvas

Refugees II

Refugees II

Refugees II - 2014 - Oil on canvas, 146 x 146 cm

Refugees III

Refugees III

Refugees III - 2014 - 120x170 cm, Oil on canvas

Refugees I

Refugees I

Refugees I - 2014 - 130x89 cm, oil on canvas

Rivesaltes (Ruins IV)

Rivesaltes (Ruins IV)

Rivesaltes (Ruins IV) - 2013, oil on canvas, 40x30cm

Rivesaltes (Ruins III) - 2013 - Oil on canvas

Rivesaltes (Ruins I)

Rivesaltes (Ruins I)

Rivesaltes (Ruins I) - 2013 - 19x33 cm - Oil and bitumen of Judea on canvas

Mediterranean sea I

Mediterranean sea I

Mediterranean sea I - 2016, oil on canvas, 100x100 cm


The ruins and the shadow IV

The ruins and the shadow IV

The ruins and the shadow IV - 2016, oil on canvas, 65x92 cm

(Un)refuge

(Un)refuge

(Un)refuge - 2016, oil on canvas, 60x81 cm

Mediterranean beach

Mediterranean beach

Mediterranean beach - 2016, oil on canvas, 33x60 cm


Begoña

Begoña

Begoña - 2013/2015, oil on canvas, 24x19 cm

European tumulus

European tumulus

European tumulus - 2016, oil on canvas, 30x30 cm

Valdelallama, León II

Valdelallama, León II

Valdelallama, León II - 2016, oil on canvas, 33x41 cm


Rivesaltes 2016

Rivesaltes 2016

Rivesaltes 2016- 2016, oil on canvas, 24x33 cm

Saceruela, Ciudad Real

Saceruela, Ciudad Real

Saceruela, Ciudad Real - 2016, oil on canvas, 24x33 cm

Child (Refugees VII)

Child (Refugees VII)

Child (Refugees VII) - 2015, oil on canvas, 46x36

Line (Refugees VI)

Line (Refugees VI)

Line (Refugees VI) - 2015, oil on canvas, 38x61

Memory (Refugees X)

Memory (Refugees X)

Memory (Refugees X) - 2016, oil on canvas, 81x41 cm


Refugees IX

Refugees IX

Refugees IX - 2016, oil on canvas, 100x81


Refugees VIII

Refugees VIII

Refugees VIII - 2015/2016, oil on canvas, 100x100


Camp

Camp

Camp - 2015, oil on canvas, 100x100

Mound with Moun

Mound with Moun

Mound with Mount - 2016, oil on canvas, 30x30 cm

Entry

Entry

Entry - 2016, oil on canvas, 22x27 cm

Home

Home

Home - 2016, oil on canvas, 24 x 33 cm

Mounds

Mounds

Mounds - 2016, oil on canvas, 24 x 33 cm

Hole

Hole

Hole - 2016, oil on canvas, 20x20 cm

Mounds (Nocturne)

Mounds (Nocturne)

Mounds (Nocturne) - 2016, oil on canvas, 24 x 33 cm

A few years ago, during a visit to the Exile Memorial Museum of La Jonquera (Museu Memorial d’Exili – MUME), I read for the first time about Camp de Rivesaltes, also known as Camp Maréchal Joffre, a former concentration camp in the south of France which was first opened in the 1930s to accommodate Spanish exiles. The camp remained open for nearly 70 years, and it was also used as a concentration camp during the Nazi occupation and then as an internment camp for Algerian Harkis. The history of Rivesaltes is a dramatic account that takes us through the entire 20th century, which is why it is used as a guide to research the most tragic events of contemporary European history. Rivesaltes is not exclusively a geographical location. It is also, – or especially, now that the ruins have made way for memory – a collective emotional space.

(Un)refuges has therefore been conceived from the debris of the camp, persecutor and witness to the atrocity of the Nazi deportations and the drama of exile of thousands of people. The memory of Rivesaltes is the current reality of the camps that hold millions of lives, millions of refugees, millions of dramas all over the world and at the doors of the European Union.
Nevertheless, this is not a work about Rivesaltes, nor is it historical research. In this case, history is really the guide to a journey in the collective emotional memory, seeking the universality of individual experience, beyond eras, boundaries and nationalities.

The (un)refuges are the physical and emotional places of uprooting, where the need for shelter is accompanied by its refusal and where the solution to the tragedy is only the lesser evil. The camps are (un)refuges and they certify the loss of dignity and identity of refugees, broken, separated from their roots, their land, their past. Places where burial frequently follows exile. Mass graves, holes, burial mounds, boxes: symbolic (un)refuges, cynical alternatives to cynical European policies. And finally (un)refuged as an intrinsic condition of the exiled, where the impossibility to return home goes hand in hand with the absolute and definitive impossibility to have a new home, because uprooting is an irreversible trauma that affects the actual fundamentals of human beings.

Marco Noris