Documentary, Exhibitions

Magnum Photographers Show Images of Refugees at Visa Pour L’Image

Main image: Tunisian, Egyptian and other nationals flee Libya during fighting between rebels and pro Qaddafi forces and arrive at the border crossing in Ras Jdir near Ben Gardenne, Tunisia. 2011 © Paolo Pellegrin. All images © the artist, courtesy Magnum

Exile, a new exhibition at the French documentary photography festival, will bring together the work of 22 Magnum Photographers to present a visual representation of nearly 70 years of international migration and displacement.

The exhibition, at Visa Pour L’Image Perpignan, is a collaboration between Magnum Photos and Canon, who will also be providing a free portfolio reviews for emerging photographers at the festival.

RUSSIA. Sleptzovsk, Ingushetia, Chechnya. 03/2002. Sleptzovsk Refugee camp. Between 200 and 400 000 Chechens fled to neighbouring Ingushetia since the 2nd Chechen war started in 1999. Chechens and Ingush where formerly in one Republic, their language is very similar.

RUSSIA. Sleptzovsk, Ingushetia, Chechnya. 03/2002. Sleptzovsk Refugee camp. Between 200 and 400 000 Chechens fled to neighbouring Ingushetia since the 2nd Chechen war started in 1999. Chechens and Ingush where formerly in one Republic, their language is very similar © Thomas Dworvak / Magnum Photos

ISRAEL. Haifa. 1949-50. Arriving immigrants.

ISRAEL. Haifa. 1949-50. Arriving immigrants © Robert Capa, courtesy International Center of Photography/Magnum Photos

Providing a historic context to the current migration crisis in Europe, Exile, will include images of civilians returning home following World War II by Robert Capa; Philip Jones Griffiths’ Vietnamese woman fleeing a US bomb attack; and John Vink’s documentation of the displaced in South Sudan.

Presenting coverage of conflicts ranging from the Six Day War, Iraq, Rwanda and the Arab Spring the exhibition also includes work by Abbas, Bruno Barbey, Robert Capa, Thomas Dworzak, Alex Majoli, Susan Meiselas, Paulo Pellegrin and Jerome Sessini amongst others.

VIETNAM. The battle for Saigon. Refugee from US Bombing. 1968

VIETNAM. The battle for Saigon. Refugee from US Bombing. 1968 © Philip Jones Griffiths/Magnum Photos

Along the Turkey-Syria border. March, 2012. Syrian refugees arrive inside Turkish territory under the cover of night after being smuggled from in from Syria.

Along the Turkey-Syria border. March, 2012. Syrian refugees arrive inside Turkish territory under the cover of night after being smuggled from in from Syria © Moises Saman / Magnum Photos

Forgoing historical, chronological or geographical order, the exhibition aims to illustrate the sheer number of those uprooted, made homeless and transient, progressing towards an uncertain future.

Exile, in collaboration with Canon at Visa Pour L’Image Perpignan, France, will go on display 29 August – 4 September 2016. For more information see here.