On the occasion of the exhibition Samuel Gratacap - Les Invisibles Lampedusa Cruises and Foam organize a conversation with the artist during the cruise on the Alhadj Djumaa (Mister Friday) through Amsterdam.
Lampedusa Cruises organizes alternate tours and cruises in and around Amsterdam using boats that once transported refugees from the coasts of North Africa. The boats were donated by the Italian authorities to the shipping company. During these tours, newcomers tell how immigrants have been shaping Amsterdam and its identity for centuries, to this day and how important the open and tolerant attitude of the city is for its future. Twice a month the flagship Alhadj Djumaa sets sail from Mediamatic to the IJ-river to eat, drink and exchange stories. For the cruise a guest is welcomed on board, varying from storytellers, musicians, theater makers and in the 24 August edition, Samuel Gratacap. Lampedusa Cruises activities are organized by a mix of people from the Netherlands, Syria, Ethiopia and Eritrea.
Samuel Gratacap elaborates on his work and experience, for which he has been collecting the stories of migrants he has met in Tunisia, Libya and Italy since 2007. Based on testimonies from the people he has he encounters, he retraces their paths through Europe and Africa. His work examines the places that mark migration routes: the crossing of land borders, the waiting rooms for day laborers, the prison, but also visualizes the paths to a renewed identity and a system that maintains itself as a vicious circle.
The works in Samuel Gratacap - Les Invisibles received the support of the FNAGP, the CNAP, the agnès b. endowment fund and Olympus.
The exhibition Samuel Gratacap - Les Invisibles was developed in collaboration with Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire, Paris.
Foam is supported by the BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Gemeente Amsterdam, Olympus and the VandenEnde Foundation.