Daesung Lee

unwanted souvenir(in progress)

Unwanted souvenir

(work in progress)


This work tells the memories of different places from another perspective.

I often see refugees and migrants on the streets and in the metro stations of Paris where I live.

This city, well known as a romantic holiday, is experienced as a place of escape and struggle for survival.

I considered how they would remember Paris as well as the other countries they travelled through.

I then collected different stories of the news about the crisis from other countries to tell their story.

For many of us, these countries are connected to often cliché memories of holidays, where we go to get some sun, eat the local cuisine, and see nice beaches or beautiful mountains.

Of course refugees have very different memories of the same places.

We have remembered the same places in a different way and so we probably want to forget or not know what they experienced there.

I ordered customised snow globes that show/depict some of their experiences I found on the news and then photographed them.

These souvenirs are meant to recall their memories.

When the crisis is over, a place like Lesbos will simply become a beautiful Greek island.

Yet for the refugees show survived their escape in such places, the memories of struggling to survive will remain.


At least 3,800 refugees have died in the Mediterranean Sea while trying to reach Europe so far this year, making 2016 the deadliest year on record, according to the UN refugee agency.

 Al jazeera, 26 OCTOBER 2016

At least 3,800 refugees have died in the Mediterranean Sea while trying to reach Europe so far this year, making 2016 the deadliest year on record, according to the UN refugee agency.

Al jazeera, 26 OCTOBER 2016

At least 3,800 refugees have died in the Mediterranean Sea while trying to reach Europe so far this year, making 2016 the deadliest year on record, according to the UN refugee agency.

Al jazeera, 26 OCTOBER 2016

Stranded Iranian asylum seekers sew their mouths shut in protest at Greek-     Macedonian border

                            -Indenpedent, 23 November 2015-

Stranded Iranian asylum seekers sew their mouths shut in protest at Greek- Macedonian border

-Indenpedent, 23 November 2015-


Stranded Iranian asylum seekers sew their mouths shut in protest at Greek- Macedonian border

-Indenpedent, 23 November 2015-


Hungarian camerawoman trips, kicks migrants

                                                   - CNN, september 10, 2015 -

Hungarian camerawoman trips, kicks migrants

- CNN, september 10, 2015 -


Hungarian camerawoman trips, kicks migrants

- CNN, september 10, 2015 -


Dozens of refugee men forced to sell sex for as little as €2 to survive in Greece

                                                  -Independent, 7june 2016-

Dozens of refugee men forced to sell sex for as little as €2 to survive in Greece

-Independent, 7june 2016-

Dozens of refugee men forced to sell sex for as little as €2 to survive in Greece

-Independent, 7june 2016-

Rio 2016: The Syrian refugee who swam for her life - all the way to the Olympics

-BBC, 29 JULY 2016-

Rio 2016: The Syrian refugee who swam for her life - all the way to the Olympics

-BBC, 29 JULY 2016-

Hidden child labour: how Syrian refugees in Turkey are supplying Europe with fast fashion

-The guardian, 29 january 2016-


Hidden child labour: how Syrian refugees in Turkey are supplying Europe with fast fashion

-The guardian, 29 january 2016-


Refugees who cannot pay people smugglers 'being sold for organs'

Particularly Egyptians, who are equipped for harvesting organs".

-INDENPENDENT, 4 July 2016-


Refugees who cannot pay people smugglers 'being sold for organs'

Particularly Egyptians, who are equipped for harvesting organs".

-INDENPENDENT, 4 July 2016-


Six-foot tall Eritrean man found inside a suitcase trying to cross Italy-Switzerland border

-The Telegraph, 7 JULY 2016-


Six-foot tall Eritrean man found inside a suitcase trying to cross Italy-Switzerland border

-The Telegraph, 7 JULY 2016-


Danish political party hands out 'anti-migrant' spray

CNN, September 27, 2016


Danish political party hands out 'anti-migrant' spray

CNN, September 27, 2016


Isis burns 19 Yazidi women to death in Mosul for 'refusing to have sex with fighters'

-INDEPENDENT, 6 June 2016-

Isis burns 19 Yazidi women to death in Mosul for 'refusing to have sex with fighters'

-INDEPENDENT, 6 June 2016-

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