Wooden sculptures from artists’ symposia of the past few years stand guard along the straight, nine kilometre long access road from the town of Andau to Andau Bridge; the road is known as the ‘escape road’ from the Hungarian uprising of 1956.
It was on this section of motorway right next to the Parndorf Designer Outlet that, on 26 August 2015, a truck was discovered packed with refugees who had all died of suffocation inside.
The refugees arriving by train on platform 1 of Vienna’s Westbahnhof railway station were immediately looked after by Caritas staff among others. Milena was in charge of legal counselling.
Markings and vacant buildings at the former border facilities with Hungary
Graffiti on vacant buildings at the former border crossing.
For years they have been renting out rooms in their house to a Kosovan refugee family and helping them to integrate. Photograph taken in the living room, with mother and daughter in the background.
Apartment with several families of refugees in a former carpentry workshop in Marchtrenk.
As a volunteer Martin looks after an apartment for several families of refugees in a former carpentry workshop in Marchtrenk.
Primary care tent at the border crossing in Spielfeld
Wall with advertising directly behind Pension Grenze at the border crossing in Spielfeld.
Dorothea with her son Benjamin and the refugee Ramin, for whom they are the sponsoring family.
As a member of a project group, Alexander used the title Der Container – Flucht, Wohnraum, Kunst [The Container – Escape, Living Space, Art] at a city event to highlight the ambiguous significance of containers for refugees.
The painted container now stands in a rear courtyard.
The artist set up a bicycle repair workshop with refugees; old bicycles were donated and then repaired. Those who took part
in the repair workshop signed their names on one of the restored bicycles and gave it to her as a gift to remember them by.
Detail of the wall that is part of the border facilities at Spielfeld
Graffiti in a hall at the former post office sorting centre in Linz where primary care was provided to refugees passing through. The museum caption Now I’m alone from you. If I run away from you, where I should run? is part of an Ars Electronica art project.
: Alois in front of the entrance to the improvised kitchen. He helped with the provision of food to refugees during their stopover at the Euroshopping shopping mall in Graz Webling.
The verein-freiraum, a government service centre for women, offers support to women from a refugee background and also German lessons on its premises with volunteer teachers.
Graffiti, Vienna, 2016
In Traiskirchen, Nikolai runs the ‘Garden of Encounter’ right next to the initial reception centre, a small farming project jointly run by local residents and refugees on a plot one hectare in size.
This group together with refugees produced the film Mein Name ist. Ich bin [My Name Is. I Am] which premiered at the opening of Crossing Europe in Linz. The filmmakers are standing opposite the initial reception centre and in front of a home for asylum seekers, where the idea for the film came about. Page 16 bottom: Graffiti in a hall at the former post office sorting centre in Linz where primary care was provided to refugees passing through.
Graffiti in a hall at the former post office sorting centre in Linz where primary care was provided to refugees passing through.
Martin, the director of the Ars Electronica Festival, came up with the idea of having house plants in the main hall of the former post office sorting centre in Linz, one for every refugee, but also every helper
Johannes was in charge of communications and press enquiries on behalf of the City of Salzburg. Primary accommodation for refugees arriving in Salzburg had been set up in the underground car park of the railway station.
Blankets and bed linen are still stored at the former Euroshopping shopping mall in Graz Webling. Transit camp A was set up here.
Ingrid in front of the main gate to Austrian army barracks that were decommissioned a long time ago and used to house refugees under her volunteer care.
In one of the tents of the transit camp just before the German border, which is still being kept on standby to deal with a potential further increase in the number of refugees. As a volunteer helper with a small group of staff, Michael made sure the border crossings proceeded in an orderly fashion.
The two volunteer staff of the KAMA Association (courses for asylum-seekers, migrants and persons entitled to a right of asylum) at the MARK cultural centre, where many of these courses and events are held.