“The act of expelling a person from their native land; expelled from home or country by authority; voluntarily absent from home or country.”
Exile means to be away from one's home (i.e. city, state or country) while either being explicitly refused permission to return and/or being threatened by prison or death upon return. It can be a form of punishment. It is common to distinguish between internal exile, i.e., forced resettlement within the country of residence, and external exile, deportation outside the country of residence.
Exile can also be a self-imposed departure from one's homeland. Self-exile is often practiced as form of protest or to avoid persecution.
This photographic project aims at documenting the life of people that are experiencing or have experienced any form of exile.
I’ve visited various areas of the world to document the daily lives and the struggle to maintain their cultural heritage:
The SAHARAWI people, in Western Algeria
The CRIMEAN TATARS in Crimea, Ukraine
The TIBETANS living in India