Welcome to Belgium is a tough yet poetic 9-year photographic research by Charif Benhelima on the lives of the ethnic-cultural minorities in Belgium. Rather than a political message, the work is a personal trajectory, a search for the author’s own identity. However, as Benhelima’s testimony interweaves with the detached documentary images, Welcome to Belgium achieves a third layer that is part of a larger story: the History of immigrants, refugees and illegals’ reality. Divided in 4 parts, Welcome to Belgium is a great example of how sophisticated simplicity can be.
Publisher: Ludion Editions NV (30 April 2003)