"We are all called upon to leave our homes, we all hear the siren call of the open sea, the appeal of the deep, the voices from afar that live within us, and we all feel the need to leave our native land, because our country is often not rich enough, or loving enough, or generous enough to keep us at home." - Tahar Ben Jelloun
The Tibetan word bardo refers to the transitional state between death and rebirth, the existence between two lives on earth. In terms of migration, bardo can be used to refer to the transitional period of a migrant’s life. What happens to a person’s identity when he or she steps out of one culture but is not accepted into another? Bardo focuses on those who live between; unwelcome in their host country and unable to return home.
Thousands of migrants leave home toward the vision of a better life in Europe. Journeys are brought to a halt in unexpected towns scattered along the borders of the Mediterranean Sea. Bardo explores the physical and emotional space of migration focusing on the comfort migrants create in their temporary homes in order to survive the xenophobia of the world they temporarily live. Comfort amidst the tension between nation and identity, between dream and reality.