Horgoš, Serbia, September 2015
Between the cornfields, the glow of the bonfires mingles with the shimmering hot air of the late afternoon. The timber beams under the railroad tracks preset the staccato of our steps. At this hour, at nightfall, some rush toward the border, others seek rest and shelter along the tracks. Next to the Serbian village of Horgoš, the railway-line between Belgrade and Budapest passes the border with Hungary, which is also an external frontier of the European Union. The train-connection has long been interrupted, yet, in a completely barricaded borderline, the rails offer the only remaining gap in the barbwire-fence, the only remaining way westwards for thousands of people: A loophole to Western Europe, just over 5 meters wide. That is where the 'Portraits from along the Way' emerged.
The series marks the beginning of an ongoing artistic engagement with the European continent (also see project: 'Nicht Anfang und nicht Ende').