MBB is an educational, interactive and multimedia tool. Designed by the collective of artists Étrange Miroir and inaugurated in Brussels in 2015, it aims to share the knowledge accumulated by the Migreurop network over the last 10 years on obstacles, injustices and migrants’ rights violations in transit countries, at the borders of European Union and in Europe itself.
Created from the analyses and campaigns carried out by Migreurop (Open Access Now, Close the camps and Frontexit), the exhibition immerses spectators in the different stages of the migration project, through five modules exposing the policies of management of migratory movements, detention of foreigners in Europe and beyond, and the externalisation of border control.
"Moving Beyond Borders" aims to promote the fight against exclusionary factors and the precariousness of the most vulnerable people and offers multimedia tools for further reflection:
- Interactive maps to provide an overview of the routes taken by migrants as well as the control and detention measures,
- Photographs to illustrate the security-based approach of migration policies, as well as the experiences of migrants at the gates of Europe,
- Soundscapes to accompany and emphasize the different elements exhibited.
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- Paris : the MBB exhibition was hosted by Les Grands Voisins (20 November-1 December 2019) as part of the Migrant’Scène Festival. After a preview of the exhibition, many school visits were organised, as well as openings to the general public during 2 weeks. A screening of "L’Europe au pied des murs" (by Elsa Putelat and Nicolas Dupuis) and a debate with the audience were organised in the presence of Migreurop and La Cimade.
- Saint-Sébastien-sur-Loire (4-16 March 2019) - France.
- Saint-Dié-des-Vosges (5-7 October 2018) at the International Festival of Geography (FIG) on the theme "La France demain".
- The Liège Province’s Centre d’Action Laïque and the non-profit organization MNEMA - in collaboration with CRIPEL and Amnesty International -have organised a stage of the MBB exhibition, with 3 others exhibitions, at the Cité Miroir of Liège, from November 13th until December 10th (2017) in the framework of a thematic month on population movements. The notion of border will be questioned through shows, conferences and four exhibitions including Moving Beyond Borders.
- The Emmaus Community of S. Nicolò-Ferrara (25 September to 7 October 2017) - in collaboration with the parish and under the auspices of the Municipality of Ferrara and in connection with the Festival Internazionale sur les migrations humaines – was hosting the exhibition in the S. Francesca Romana Church (via XX settembre, 47 - Ferrara, Italy).
- Dudelange (11 May to 16 July 2017), at the Centre de documentation sur les migrations humaines (CDMH). Created in 1995 and located in the Luxembourg district of Italy, the centre studies the history of migratory phenomena in various contexts (general, national and regional) and pays particular attention to the heritage linked to migration, in particular through specific itineraries. Vernissage the 10th of May at 7 pm: musical performance of Maya, singer of the band Balualei, and readings by the authors of the works of Antoine Cassar and Francis Kirps about borders and their crossing.
- Stimultania (17 March to 30 April 2017) and the University of Strasbourg hosted two visual and sound exhibitions in order to offer the public a complete immersion in contemporary migratory movements. At the same time, a series of events has been scheduled, including a joint vernissage of the two exhibitions on March 21 at 5 pm and a meeting on 22 March at 6 pm with Claire Beilvert, photographer, and Lucie Bacon and Philippe Rekacewicz, cartographers of the MBB exhibition.
- The Academic Librairy of Evry-val-d’Essonne (9th February to 11th March 2017) for the Seventh Biennial of Digital Arts of Evry, focused on the issue of "borders of today". Short films, seminars, workshops and meetings accompanied the exhibition MBB to evoke this current topic.
- Rabat (16 November - 3 December 2016 at the Orient Occident Foundation) in partnership with the Moroccan members of the network. This was the first stage outside Europe. For this exhibition, several activities were carried out: concert, screening-debates, mediations and various activities.
- Poitiers (14 June - 2 July 2016) for the 30th anniversary of the University Laboratory Migrinter, an international symposium was organized around the topic "Thinking Migration to Rethink Society", during which the MBB exhibition vernissage took place.
- Pozzallo (10 - 14 May 2016) for the second edition of the Sabir festival in Sicily, in partnership with the Italian association ARCI. The MBB exhibition was presented at this festival of Mediterranean cultures, whose main themes were migrants’ rights, hospitality and integration.
- Arcueil (January 21st - February 6th, 2016 at Lieu de l’autre - Anis Gras) as part of the cycle "L’art, l’autre et l’hospitalité". During this event, a training on the mapping tool, information tables, screenings and panel discussions were organized.
- Calais (2 - 17 December 2015): during the presentation of the MBB exhibition at the Library of the University of the Littoral-Côte d’Opale in Calais, several mediations and interventions were proposed to explain the impact of European migratory policies on the journey of exiles, with a focus on the situation of migrants in Nord-Pas-de-Calais and solidarity in this region.
- Brussels (13-19 June 2015): The inauguration of the exhibition took place at the Jacques Frank Cultural Center, Brussels, in June 2015, during a press conference bringing together NGO members, European parliamentarians, journalists and the general public.
Moving Beyond Borders is an itinerant exhibition: help it to travel !
For those who would be interested in hosting one of the stages of Moving Beyond Borders, please contact Migreurop and Etrange Miroir at the following addresses: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
To facilitate its circulation, the exhibition is accompanied by an instructions manual and a technical sheet detailing the assembly, operation and transport; by communication tools and by a guide for preparing and organising thematic and interactive guided visits (tools available in several languages).