In the Belly of the Whale
In the Belly of the Whale, is a set of physical locations that become a unique simbolic location, the european institution. Inside this, there are held reunions which decide the directions that each single member state must applicate. In other words, decisions that effect the everyday life of more than 500 millions of people.
For decades the European Union was seen as a factor of political stability and economic growth, such as to receive a Nobel price for peace.The philosopher Michael Walzer described it as "an example of a national states union that is not an empire nor a federation,but a different reality and probably an absolut novelty". Since several months this example is becoming unsteady because of a series of political and economic crises. From the avoided Grexit at the possible Great Britain's exit and to the immigrants crisis, the political union has been under question several times with the construction of border fences, the reinstatement of border control with the possible suspension of Schengen and the overhaul of the Dublin regulation.
Europe like a fortress and introverted, thinking that can limit the immigration flow, patrolling the coasts in first place and then with the old fashioned idea of constructing border fences, created a political gap in favour of national and electoral calculations in every single state.
The photographic report shows the political gap through the empty buildings of the institutions. They are the big atriums in which only few people can entry during the european summits and that usually draw the attention of the media-circus.
In the Belly of the Whale is a one year journey at the internal of the european institutions in all it's facets.From the Justus Lipsius building of Brussels, headquarters of the Council of the European Union, to the secondary in Luxemburg and arriving at the National Maritime Museum of Amsterdam in which coexist the unformal reunions of the Netherland's presidency and the momentary photo exhibition.