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Outcast Europe

The recent past of Europe is scattered with circumstances that made people seek for a better life elsewhere, escape from the things they could tolerate no more, search for safe refuge. People on the move, give up on lives and belongings, risk and manage to reach a safe place, are outcasts. In their journey, not everything is left behind. Many times, people manage to take with them things that are necessary, important, sacred, familial, personal. The objects that travel carry history, culture, values, memories. They are a source of power for those that carry them; they are protective, they contain ancestral force or wisdom, they carry the blessing of the community, they are magical, they connect the past with the future in the present. Outcast Europe collects and exhibits these objects. The objects speak, tell stories, the stories of humankind. We have a chance to listen and speak with them about our common future.

Explore the stories of migrants and refugees

The Outcast Europe website collects and exhibits stories of migrants and refugees through the objects that they managed to get with them before or during fleeing. The objects narrate these stories, and we invite you to listen to them and learn through:

Share your story

If you have an object that carries a personal, familial or community story related to migration or enforced movement….

If you are interested in placing it in a context that views migration and enforced movement as a continuous journey of people from different places and times…

If you want your experiences to be heard, communicated, recognised, valued…

If you want to contribute to the creation of a collective narrative…

…we invite you to share your story and the image of your object with us by filling in this form.

Explore the Contributing Quality Content support page for tips and tricks.

Help us enrich and improve the website

If you want to contribute to the enrichment and improvement of the information that describe and document the objects of the Outcast Europe collection…

If you want to participate in the creation of new thematic exhibitions…

… we invite you to do so. Explore the Website Functionalities support page to learn more.

More info

If you want to learn more about Outcast Europe, you can contact Nikos Papakostas (papakostas@interaliaproject.com).

The Outcast Europe website was redesigned, redeveloped and enriched in the context of the digital culture project (Re)Collecting Outcast Europe which was co-funded by the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports.