petja dimitrova

works - collective projects - cv


Refugees in Europe on Struggles, Organizing and Solidarity / Izbjeglice Europe o borbi, organiziranju i solidarnosti.

Public Art Project, Posters and Social forum in Zagreb, Croatia, 2015

Posters, Croat/Engl, 2015

"we are your future" refugees in europe on struggles, organizing and solidarity. A Project in UrbanFestival 13, Zagreb. and Petja Dimitrova

“We demand our rights,” “we’ll rise,” ”stop deportations,” “we are here to stay” – these are only some among the slogans used in the protests of refugees and migrants in the streets of European cities. In Hamburg, Berlin, Amsterdam, Calais, Ceuta, Melilla, Athens, Vienna and elsewhere, those who have managed to cross the EU border are becoming more and more visible and louder in defending their rights. Europe has a problem with refugees. This problem resides in its migrant policy. The joint system of refugee camps, established in 1997, aims at securing the external borders of the EU. Thermal chambers, taking fingerprints according to the systems Dublin I, II, and III, security agencies such as Frontex, mass deportations, resolutions on “safe states”, refuge centres resembling prisons, such as those in North Africa and Ukraine, violent push-back operations at the borders, isolated processing centres, refugee camps, work and movement prohibition, new legal paragraphs used to criminalize migrants and refugees – this is the desperate “vision” of this xenophobic policy backed up by racism. International norms for refugee protection have been losing efficiency. People seek security in the EU, but if their asylum claim is refused, they can end up with nothing – no home, no money and no right to work and stay. What is the situation in Croatia? Refugees keep coming and many are here to stay. What rights and options do they have? What problems and struggles must they face? What subjects are active in the field? What can we learn from the refugee movement in the EU regarding self-organization, resistance, and solidarity? Good life for everyone in Europe – what would that be?   I have therefore initiated a project for the UrbanFestival in which I am exploring the formats and resources for merging and reflecting together upon art, activism, politics, and the civil society. The project "we just crosed the Border of Croatia ...we are coming from your future" - Refugees in Europe on struggles, organizing and solidarity” consists of two parts: a poster campaign and a social forum featuring activists from four European countries with different experiences: Germany, Austria, Serbia, and Bulgaria. The aim is to use the format of presentations, debates, and film screenings in order to exchange experiences and to elaborate a joint strategy, as well as articulate the refugee-related problems in a broader community.

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social forum in Dom Dugave Zagreb with: CMS - Center for peace studies Hrvatska, Inayat Jiskani/Croatia, Muhammad Numan and Clifford Erin/Refugee protest camp Vienna, Rex Osa/The VOICE refugee forum Germany, No Border Movement Serbia and Croatia, JD/MigSzol – Migrant Solidarity Group of Hungary and Refugees from the reception center Dugave, Zagreb.