Useful guide to the properties in the refugee camp of Calais. The residential area of the “New Jungle” is a large residential area of 500,000m2 in the outskirts of Calais, France. Surrounded by a 5 meters-high metallic fence and equipped with running water and lights, the “New Jungle” offers different housing typologies, both old and newly built.

🏆 Selected at Kassel Photobook Awars 2016 🏆

“This zine by the Defrost Studio is a welcome antidote to the many photographic projects that have emerged around the refugee crisis. Using the notorious and now destroyed Jungle camp in Calais, they copy the graphics and tone of a holiday let brochure. It is wicked and brilliant at the same time” - Martin Parr

Review by Colin Pantal
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Mass migration has led to the creation of new residential areas.

Although in Europe we still don’t realize it because the cases are limited, it does not mean that this is not happening elsewhere in the world.  In Europe, Calais was the most striking example of the refusal of cohabitation in favour of detention. Real cities have been shaped by decades of mass migration and the most clear examples of this phenomenon is to be  seen in Africa, especially in Kenya, Chad and the Western Sahara.

Satellite imagery is the means that explains this evolution most consistently.

These satellite-cities - even if these are often not  regarded as de facto  cities - develop as real urban conglomerates, each one differently depending on their geolocalisation and its inhabitants.

The goal of “Satellites” is to analyze these new cities through satellite imagery in order to   assign these places a visual dignity while  investigating their evolution following the principles of town planning.

In addition, we want to underline how public satellite imagery in Europe (e.g. Google Earth) shows no traces of these conglomerates, which points to a “censorship” that  prevents the matter from  becoming understandable.  . Exemplar is the case  of Calais, where public satellite imagery ceased being updated between 2004 and 2015, even though refugee camps were clearly spreading around the town. I soon realized that public imagery wasn’t updated and showed no traces of the refugee camps that were being established in that area over  the years. Parallel to this, it’s interesting to see that satellite imagery is being used in the African refugee camps to keep track of their evolution.

I decided to focus on Africa and some specific countries in particular, because it allowed my visual narrative more heterogeneity and unicity. Also, I had access to more representative imagery and accurate data.

Every image is the result of the stitching together of hundreds HD screenshots.

A more in depth description can be found here.

Immorefugee - The Agency

Tique Art Space, Anwterpen, Belgium
29/03/2018 - 18/04/2018


Beyond the Fortress 

Beyond The Fortress is a short documentary series about people living in Lampedusa and how they deal with the refugee crisis. A collection of stories about people and migration.