People - NOMINEE: Javier Fergo
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‘Immigratio': European Refugee crisis
The European migrant crisis or European refugee crisis began in 2015, when an increasing number of refugees and migrants made the journey to the European Union (EU) to seek asylum, travelling across the Mediterranean Sea or through Southern Europe. They came from areas such as Western and South Asia, Africa, and the Western Balkans. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the top three nationalities of the over one million Mediterranean Sea arrivals in 2015 were Syrian (49%), Afghan (21%) and Iraqi (8%). Of the refugees and migrants arriving in Europe by sea in 2015, 58% were men, 17% women and an alarming 25% underage children.
This project has already begun at the makeshift camp of Idomeni in Greece. It is intended to be continued through that country as well as other “hot-spots” such as Melilla in northern Africa, Calais in France, and new places that will most likely arise.
The project concentrates, from a humanitarian point of view, on the effect of political decisions on real people and their families. Such is the case of the closure of the Macedonian-Greek (Fyrom) border a month ago, already portrayed on these images.
The outcome of this project will be the edition of a photo-book and an exhibition named “Immigratio”, Latin for Immigration, since it is happening on the ancient lands of the Roman Empire.
My name is Javier Fernandez, but byline for my photo-work as Javier Fergo. Born in Jerez, southern Spain in 1980, soon started to be keen on film and photography. When I was 20 years old, moved to the United Kingdom where studied a Higher National Diploma in Photography, finishing on 2005 with excellent academic results. Soon after moved back to Spain where started working for newspapers and publications. For over nine years have worked and lived off photography, from photojournalism to corporate and commercial.
Have worked in several european countries and have exhibited my work in Spain, France an the United Kingdom.
Nowadays I am committed to documentary photography, specially on themes that concern injustice, social discrimination and humanitarian issues.