8 imagesTopographical imprints of France’s forgotten refugee camp Grande-Synthe, Dunkirk, France, March 2016. Aftermath was photographed five days after the last of 3,000 refugees left an illegal waterlogged site opposite a suburban Dunkirk housing estate in Northern France. Unlike conventional documentary photography, this series emphasises visual graphic design forms to narrate the migrant experience. Specifically, the refugee experience is reduced to a patterned landscape of semi-fluid material impregnated with artefacts (mud and remains). While the images capture the lives of real people fleeing tyranny, in real time (duvets, tents, sleeping bags all awaiting fossilisation), the images are abstract, with qualities akin to topographical satellite imagery including crevasses, craters, lakes, mountain ranges, deserts, alluvial plains, sand ripples as water returns to the sea. These geographical forms are evocative of refugee landscapes of both origin and transition. The camp is already buried by bulldozers, the artefacts already archaeological, but the patterned images remain.
21 imagesBoot camp. Between 2,600 and 3,000 people lived in atrocious conditions at the refugee camp in Dunkirk, France. These images were taken five days after the last refugee left the 'forgotten' camp of Grande- Synthe (April 2016)