Alexandra Baumgartner

Armani Musafar
Belgrade, autumn 2017. Trying to enter the European Union, young migrants from Afghanistan spend a lot of time waiting in Serbia since they often fail at passing the borders to Hungary or Croatia. Waiting for the so-called „game“ is painful. Time passes by slowly during the day and the only distractions are phone calls with friends and family or hanging around in the „Afghan“ park in Belgrad. Together we decided to try out poses for the camera and discussed postures and shapes that seemed interesting and fun.

Lasting only for a few seconds, the human sculptures reflect the young men and boy‘s fragile state of mind. The work tries to break numbness on both sides. Borhanullah, Muhammad, Mojibullah, and Dawood selected the pictures they liked most and signed them.

Armani Musafar, the title of the work, takes up a name some Afghan migrants like to use on Facebook and other social media. Armani Musafar is «the traveler in search of the desired place he will not reach».

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