In Search of Home
What is home? It’s something that many of us often take for granted. For refugees, this concept is complex: fleeing from the place they once called home in search of another. This search is fraught with uncertainty: how long will they have to travel to find safety? How long will they have to wait in limbo? When can they return home? This series captures the moments in between these aching questions.
In 2018 I spent the summer filming refugees’ stories at Moria Refugee Camp, a now defunct camp on the Greek island of Lesvos. At the time it was Europe’s largest refugee camp: built for 2,000 individuals, there were over 7,000 in the summer of 2018 and over 12,000 when it burnt down in September 2020. The excessive overcrowding was attributed to a 2016 deal between Turkey and the EU enacted to stem the flow of refugees arriving from Turkey. Caught between policy and tragedy, these refugees await an uncertain future far from their homelands.
This series comprises portraits of refugees who have fled war, terrorism, and persecution. These photographs show individuals engaging in everyday activities, like going to school, washing their clothes, or riding the bus, which can be arduous for people awaiting an uncertain future. But through the pain we see moments of hope and joy: the warm embrace of a mother, the smile of a young girl, and people engaging in prayer. These moments give each individual hope for a brighter future. Hope for a sense of home.