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Shelter for Migrants
site-specific installation
Porta Torre, Como, Italy
wood, linen
2005

Shelter for Migrants is a part of an exhibition and workshop titled Aesthetics of Resistance with Alfredo Jaar and was made possible by Fondazione Antonio Ratti.

The project Shelter for Migrants is a site-specific installation for Porta Torre. The project consists of seven oversized (up to 12 meters) linen hammocks that are placed high up inside the tower. Porta Torre is a "monumental entrance to the walled town was set up in 1192. It opens towards the city with four frameworks which corresponded to flour floors (no longer existing)"

"Alina Bliumis in collaboration with her husband Jeff decided to install her work "Shelter for Migrants", enormous hammocks of linen, in one of the city's historical gateways to link the characteristics of a space between the exterior and interior of a city with the problem of welcoming immigrants in search of work in richer countries." Roberto Pinto

Video still
Digital c print
25 x 37 in
Edition of 6
2007