Fire, Fences and Flight

Ayesha Hameed, 2007
5:10 min, colour, stereo

Fire, Fences and Flight considers the relationship between migration, flight and borders. On October 27 2005 a fire broke out in a detention centre for ‘illegal’ immigrants located in the Schiphol airport in Amsterdam.  Earlier that day in a Paris suburb, two boys were electrocuted in a power substation as they hid from a random police raid in their neighborhood.
This short combines grainy archival film depicting fires, airplanes, balloons and fences as an allegory that connects these events to the mythologies of fire, the ubiquity of fences and the utopics of flight.

Images courtesy of artist.