In medias res

imaging Spaces of Migration and Tourism in the Mediterranean


Nefeli Papakyriakopoulou

How can the practice of being on the move itself be described? How can travelling be analyzed by its spatial components? In what spaces can mobility processes be traced and what kind of spaces are produced along? How can movement be translated into images that escape from common ways of representation?

The dissolution of borders within the EU after the Schengen Agreement allows for freedom of movement, but at the same time the external border in the Mediterranean Region could be read as a space of division and exclusion. Legal legislations and multilateral agreements affect not only the geopolitical territories but also the micro-scales of space.

Re-constructing a parallel trip (based on true stories) of an informal migrant and a tourist between Morocco and Greece and their routes, as well as my research on their traces, this project aims to grasp the complexity of contemporary phenomena as mass migration and mass tourism focusing on the different scales of spaces (from the geopolitical territory to the body, from the space of expectation to the transnational one).

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In medias res

imaging Spaces of Migration and Tourism in the Mediterranean


Nefeli Papakyriakopoulou

The description of the sequence of places that specifically define the routes and the attempt to visualize underexposed zones, suggest a representation on a spatial as well as a social scale.

Shifting away from a eurocentric vision and the western imaginary, this is a narration of the relationship between place and identity while unfolding the multidimensionality of space.

Advisors: Stefan Gruber, Christian Kravagna