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Immigrant Reception Centre, part of my 'Sincerity Pavilion'. (Unrealised)
An action
Venice Biennale, Italy
2013

Italy is considered to have stringent immigration laws. By chartering a North African boat for this artistic action, I will travel with a group of refugees heading on the dangerous route from Libya to Italy, frequently diverted to Lampedusa and its 'immigrant reception center',  instead to Venice and the Biennale.

They will enter the country as artists.  There are certain categories of employees excluded from the quota system in Italy and artists are one of them. I.e. an artist may apply for a work permit at any time and without the same restrictions as other fields. As such a speedy immigration process will be implemented and they will stay in accomodation in the old Jewish ghetto until it is complete. 

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