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Igor ÄŒoko

Hell is round the corner





Since 2014. over a million of refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan passed through Belgrade, trying to reach new life in some of EU countries. They passed so called “Balkan route”, including Greece, Macedonia and Serbia. In the summer of 2015. Hungarian border police put the iron fences over the border in attend to stop refugees. They succeeded in that. But, there were a couple of thousands of them who stayed in Serbia. Among them, over a thousand tried to cross the border on their own. They refuse to stay in the camps, already overbooked by the refugees. Most of them squatted three abandoned warehouses in the central area of Belgrade, place once upon a time called Savamala, now days place of future Belgrade Waterfont. They organized their life in those ruined facilities, in a very poor and dehumanized conditions. During the past winter, after the first snow, hell of the place shows its real face. This is the story about them, about three months of suffering and struggle to help them and spreading the word worldwide, showing conditions they live in. I took first photos in November of 2016. Since I uploaded them on my Facebook profile, photos became viral and shared as an album over a 1800 times. Reactions were emotional. In a short period of time, a large number of activists, led by these photos, came on their own from all around the Europe to help refugees in Belgrade. These photographs are published in various printed and online media all over the Europe and social media groups, showed on various group and solo exhibitions in Belgrade, Thessaloniki, Athens, London, Berlin, Milano, Brussels, Lisbon, Valladolid and European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, as a great finale. And still waiting to be shown in future. This story is reminder on how life can be hard and how freedom may became legendary. And how individuals with empathy from all over the Europe can be united in humanity. Igor Čoko, autor



During April of 2017., warehouses are demolished because of Belgrade Waterfront expansion. Refugees are warned, but demolishing happend all of a sudden, so they didnt even had a chace to take their stuff. Mostly all of them were taken to refugee camps all over Serbia. Some of the refugees from the warehouses sucessfuly, but paying the hughe price, crossed the border. I m happy to see they have new life or trying to fight for it, far away from the hell around the corner they spent last winter. For those who stayed in Serbia in the refugee camps, being trapped is a real feeling yet. Refugee story is neverending. This e book is reminder on the last and biggest european refugee urban jungle, after Calais and Idomeni. A document and warning at the same, on how life can be unpredictible and brutal. Thanks to all of good people who participate in helping refugees, and may the Force be with the runaways. Belgrade, December 2017. One year after. Igor ÄŒoko

Igor Čoko was born at Knin, Croatia in 1975. He now lives and works in Belgrade where he obtained a degree in ethnology and anthropology. In his role of a visual anthropologist, he uses his camera to capture and explore the sensibility of the street life, its people and lifer of stigmatized social groups. He s an author of photography books “Scenes from sumptuous reality” and “Living behind bars in the Belgrade County Jail". This is his third release.

Igor Čoko “Trapped: Hell is round the corner” Grain photo e books, digital edition 001 Number of pages: 96, 175x235mm full colour Photographs: 77 Publisher: GRAIN Belgrade, 2017. copyright: Igor Čoko ISBN 978-86-900008-0-8 Digital release


Igor Čoko - "Trapped - Hell is round the corner"  
Igor Čoko - "Trapped - Hell is round the corner"  

Since 2014. over a million of refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan passed through Belgrade, trying to reach new life in some...