Un-Home / Moving Stones1 focuses on the mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion of uninvited newcomers to our Western societies. Whether documented or not, migrants entering Europe are facing ever more restrictive policies. Moreover, in the guest-countries they are confronted with a social climate of growing polarised discourse and controversy.
Likewise, the uninvited newcomer is forcibly placed ‘in limbo’ – in a border zone stuck between the past and the future, between expectations and reality, between ‘home’ and ‘un-home’.
Filip Berte aims at consciously standing still at different places in Europe that are characterised by this liminal ‘in-limbo’-state, such as refugee camps or asylum seekers’ registration- and reception centers; they are sites that embody a border crossing or ‘rite de passage’, they are the waiting rooms where people are received, but where at the same time they can be tracked down, traced and controlled, and where the decision on their next station in life will be made.
In december 2013 and January 2014, two years after his first visit1 to Georgia, Filip Berte traveled again to this intriguing country in Transcaucasia, in the border area of Europe and Asia.
With Batumi Transitus2 Berte zooms in on Batumi, a small port city on the Black Sea coast and capital of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara in Southwest Georgia.
Berte’s point of view for this Batumi-series is in line with his earlier work in Tbilisi1. He traces and documents the material changes in the city, as imprints of the turbulent transition process in Georgia.