Based on 5 years of anthropological research, CLANDESTINE is an intimate investigation of men who must denounce themselves and become nobody in order to become somebody and how, as the journey unfolds, they are progressively stripped from their human rights and become naked lives or outcasts of modernity. In its essence, CLANDESTINE is a project about prolonged human liminality. The immediate drama of the actual crossing is mirrored in a profound psychological and symbolic journey. The crossing represents a rite of transition, in which the young migrants become suspended in an existential no man’s land. Between adolescence and adulthood. Between the familiar and the foreign. Between Africa and Europe. Between life and death.
Christian Vium‘s project “Clandestine” has just been awarded the 2011 Anthropographia Award for Human Rights. It’s a harrowing look at the space between old life and new as young African migrants move to Europe.
Other honorees and their projects recognized by Anthropographia: Paolo Patrizi – Migration linked to prostitution ~ Saiful Huq/Polaris – The Disowned and the Denined- Stateless Rohingya Refugees of Burma ~ Reese Andrea Star – The Urban Cave ~ Di Sturco Giulio/VII Mentor – War on the Edge of Heaven ~ Zalmaï – The Human cost of war on terror in Afghanistan ~ David Høgsholt/Getty – KatoeyLand : Ladyboys in Thailand’s Sex Industry ~ William Daniels/Panos – Kyrgyzstan ~ Sebastian Liste/Getty – Urban Quilombo ~ Christian Lutz/VU’ – Tropical Gift, oil and gas in Nigeria ~ Donald Weber/VII Network – Interrogations ~ Giancarlo Ceraudo – Destino Final ~ TerraProject – Friendly Fire : back to the Balkans ~ Sarah Elliott – Poor Choices ~ Javier Arcenillas – Sicarios ~ Rahman Roslan – Human trafficking : Nur’s journey home