XENOPHOBIA

Companywww.giorgos-moutafis.com
Photographergiorgos moutafis
PrizePress / Feature Story
Entry Description

Brutal attacks and hate crimes have become an almost daily phenomenon in Greece. Racially motivated, violence against migrants and refugees has increased dramatically and although, Greece seems rapped over racist attacks during the last year, incidents have begun well before 2013. The seriousness of the problem has expanded in wake of Greece’s financial crisis, creating a terrifying xenophobic and anti- immigrant sentiment in an unprecedented recession in Greek society. The true extent of racist violence in Greece is unknown and the recorded incidents are considered to be not even the tip of the iceberg. Victims are indiscriminately attacked because of the color of their skin and presumed religion. Greece remains the main entry point for thousands of migrants who want to make their first step into Europe. More than two-thirds of people making the clandestine journey into the European Union pass through Greece from neighboring Turkey. With limited access to asylum procedure, very few work opportunities and no recourse to public services or protection, migrants’ situation is rapidly deteriorating and migrants serve as the best scapegoats.

About Photographer

Giorgos born in Athens - Greece (1977) had his first encounter with photography at the 18+ Photography Team in 2006 and graduated from the Focus School of Art Photography in 2007. Today, based in Athens, he works as a photojournalist for some of the most renowned Greek magazines. His work has been published in Newsweek,Time, New Yorker,Foto8, Panorama, Die Zeit, Der Spiegel,Guardian,International Herald Tribune ,The New York Times,Courrier International. In 2009 he got the first prize in the Young Greek Photographers Contest and he was the finalist in Luis Valtuena Humanitarian competition. In the same year, he was also nominated for the Joop Swart Master Class. In 2010, he won the 1st prize in the Vilnius Photo Festival. His work has been presented in the Lodz Photo Festival, in the Photography Days Istanbul and in the Humankind - New York Photo Festival. Giorgos has worked in Libya,Kosovo, Gaza Strip, Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia,South Sudan and Haiti