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This bilingual French and English edition includes 32 loose photographs by Xenia Naselou, depicting remnants and traces of the refugees that have passed through the Greek island of Lesvos from 2015 το 2017.

As the photographer indicated in February 2017: “I have been asked to cover the places reached by the refugees in the last two years.

From 2015 until today, more than 370,000 refugees have passed through Lesvos. There are currently around 5,000 living on the island.

I mainly focused on the remnants and traces of the refugees.

There were intense moments. One of the most striking, the landfill with thousands of life jackets and abandoned inflatable boats.

The locals care about the refugees. They speak with warmth, but a great silence eclipses our conversations about the rugged cemetery with dozens of strangers buried.”

In this edition, the photos are inserted randomly over double-page spreads. Each of the double pages is crossed by a dark river graphic design, printed on something evoking bible paper. The short texts included, in essay or poetic form, are confined to the margins.

The infinite crashes between text and images create a unique reading experience.

I wish I was there | Xenia Naselou Upo II

SKU: 096.1209.001.00.0
  • Editor: Élodie Boyer

    Texts: Frédéric Lambert, Jean Segui, Élodie Boyer

    Photography by: Xenia Naselou

    Designed by: Studio Rejane Dal Bello

    ISBN: 979-10-96939-01-5

    Number of pages: 180

    Language: French | English

    Binding: Soft cover

    Dimensions: 23 x 32.5 cm

    Publication year: 2017

    Publications: Commisioned by Editions Non-Standard for the UPO 2 publication

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