Thousands travel on foot, vehicles or boats avoiding boarder controls. Calais is the last stop, becoming a doorway for refugees risking their lives to flee their homelands. The town has transformed from a seaside resort into an uncontrolled site populated with refugees hoping to enter into the UK. While they are anxiously waiting to leave and keeping their identities hidden, I photographed everyday moments played out in a surreal environment, proving how desperately they want to settle in a situation that could only be temporary. This project is a visual exploration of the political tension and uncertainty inherent in these refugee lives.
Who? Melissa Arras
From London, UK
Docking June 1-23
Working on El Dorado
About refugees in Calais
Editor in chief YET Magazine, Switzerland
SALVATORE ON MELISSA
I met Melissa Arras when the Calais crisis was everywhere in the international press. Photographers widely documented one of the most critical situations connected to the European migrant crisis and, in this context, El Dorado was the perfect example of one of those stories that stand out due to its sincerity.
Melissa, with her sensitivity and her honest way of approaching people who are stuck in such a surreal situation, managed to create intimate relationships and recorded personal moments that might not be spectacular enough to catch the attention of a large audience and create scandals, but that manage to show, in their simplicity, the inner instincts that brings us, as human beings, to hope for a better future.
Her story has to be spread since it sheds light on this delicate and ever changing situation, not just in Calais. Docking Station is surely a great platform to give her a chance to share visions and feedbacks with experts from different fields.