Objets trouves

On the first of October 2012 the Hellenic police closed down a big makeshift refugee camp near the ferry port of Patras, Greece. More than 300 people were arrested during the so-called ‘Xenios-Zeus’ operation, the code name for large scale sweep operations against illegal immigrants. I visited the abandoned place a week after the raid and found their belongings, their selfmade barbecue grills, their cardboard beds. This is a selection of the many objects I photographed. Traces of volatile living.

According to mythology, Xenios Zeus was the patron god of hospitality.

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Nick Hannes (°1974) is a photographer based in Antwerp, Belgium. After graduating from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts KASK in Ghent, he worked for various media in Belgium and The Netherlands. Meanwhile he reported on social and political issues in the Balkans and the Middle East. In 2009 his first book ‘Red Journey’, a documentary about transition in the 15 former Soviet republics, was published by Lannoo. 'Mediterranean. The Continuity of Man', a documentary portrait of the Mediterranean region, follows in 2014. His latest book is 'Garden of Delight', a series that won the Magnum Photography Award 2017 and the Zeiss Photography Award 2018. Since 2008 Nick teaches documentary photography at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK/School of Arts) in Ghent. He is represented by Panos Pictures (London).
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