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Zalmai: Walking in Quicksand

Greece is the primary gateway to migrants from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East seeking residence in Europe. Athens is home to approximately 1 million illegal immigrants, and over 130,000 people entered the country illegally in 2011. The disarray of the Greek political asylum system combined with a rise in xenophobia constitutes a perilous circumstance for migrants. Many live in hiding, hoping to avoid arrest as well as unabated neo-Nazi violence.

Zalmai has documented the plight of displaced Afghans who constitute the largest population of refugees worldwide. Walking in Quicksand is his long term project centered on the harsh circumstances of seeking asylum in Greece. Magnum Foundation will present a series of events in NYC this weekend, encouraging a larger conversation about this under reported human rights crisis.

Friday, September 28, 6-8pm: foto/pods 2012 @ DUMBO Arts Festival.

Saturday, September 29, 2-4pm: Presentation & book signing by Zalmai moderated by Peter Lucas @ Aperture, 547 W. 27th Street, 4th Floor.

Monday, October 1, 6:30pm: Presentation by Zalmai & silent auction with Jamie Wellford @ Bubble Lounge, 228 W. Broadway.

To see more from Walking in Quicksand, visit magnumfoundation.org.