If we look at the recent past of the European peoples, we will come across a series of historical conditions, circumstances, moments and periods that motivated people to seek for a better life elsewhere, escape from the things they could tolerate no more, search for safe refuge.

What all these human stories have to tell us? How can we self-reflect on these experiences with a steady gaze at the ongoing flows? Can we understand better present phenomena by keeping in hand the past of the displaced Europeans?

The people that travel, leave behind lives and belongings, risk and manage to reach a safe place, are outcasts. They are the outcasts of Europe. In their journey, not everything is left behind. Many times, people manage to take with them the things that are necessary, important, sacred, familial, personal. Usually, the objects that travel are tools, functionals, life-savers. Yet, often they are more than this. They carry history, culture, values, memories, parts of the house, family, neighbourhood, friends. Objects are a source of power for those that carry them. Since the dawn of civilisation, they are protective, they contain ancestral force or wisdom, they carry the blessing of the community, they are magical, they connect the past with the future in the present. Outcast Europe collects and exhibits the objects. The objects speak, tell stories, the stories of humankind. We have the opportunity to listen and speak with them about our common future.



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