With his back to Africa, looking towards the european shores of Spain and Italy, B. Boudejelal shoots as he returns to the places where the clandestine immigrants leave from. He photographs the white landscapes which synthesize in one photograph the dazzle of the light, the disappearing of the landscape and the making of memory. Initiated by François Cheval and the Niepce museum, today, this series takes its final form of 12 prints. It joins the important Algerian and African corpus of Boudjelal which since his “Disquiet Days” keeps questioning his ties north and south of the Mediterranean.
Harraga is a word in north-african Arabic that means “to burn”. That is what the young who leave the banks of Magrhreb, who burn the road, who burn their identity papers trying to reach Europe in their rickety boats are called.
From Algeria, they leave essentially from two regions, Annaba from the east to reach Sardinia, and Oran from the west to reach Spain.
These photographs were taken along the coasts of these two regions where I took a series of landscapes of the places where the “Harragas” leave from.
These departure landscapes evoke the last vision that stays in the mind of one who leaves his homeland.
Details : set of 9 (or 12) framed prints