Rooted is the final chapter, after Shelter and Ville de Calais, of Wildschut’s unpredicted trilogy on life in refugee camps. Although they were not conceived together, these three books find a correspondence in photographic style, design and content.
Over a period of ten years, the author photographs the small gardens built by refugees in Calais, Tunisia, Lebanon and Jordan, noting the varieties of plants he discovers and the stories of the different “gardeners”. These small spaces between public and private constitute a subtle but consistent form of resilience that only a particularly sensitive eye could have grasped.
When we talk about migrants, we are used to focus on violence, devastation, the feeling of uprooting. Wildschut, with this seemingly simple book, shows us how these people are not only victims, but also individuals who experience unexpected and powerful forms of resilience and who, growing seedlings outside their sheet metal hut, find new spaces to plant their roots.