Go No Go
The Frontiers of Europe
Ad van Denderen
Go No Go is Ad van Denderen’s acclaimed project on migration and European border politics, produced by Paradox and first launched in 2003. In Go No Go Ad van Denderen leads us along the edges of Europe where immigrants try to reach the West along smugglers’ paths, with varying success. He takes us along to the police stations and refugee centers where, surrounded by their first-thick dossiers, investigators try to determine the identities of the refugees. He shows us how men kill time in pensions until a band of smugglers can get them over the umpteenth border. He follows the refugees right up to the barbed wire at the rail tunnel at Calais, where they cut their way through, and further, until they are confronted with the next fence laced with barbed wire.
Ad van Denderen (1943) has worked as a photographer for Vrij Nederland, Stern, NRC Handelsblad, GEO and The Independent magazine, among others. He has received a number of prestigious prizes for his work, including the Visa d’Or at the international photo festival Visa pour l’Image in Perpignan in 2001 and The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts’ (Fonds BKVB) oeuvre prize in 2007/2008. Go No Go, his book on migration in Europe, based on 13 years of work, was published by Actes Sud, Mets & Schilt, Lunwerg Editores, Edition Braus and Paradox in 2003. For the 2008 SteidlMack/Paradox publication So Blue So Blue, Van Denderen photographed the 17 countries around the Mediterranean Sea. Earlier publications include Peace in The Holy Land, a book about Palestine (1997) andWelkom in Suid-Afrika, about apartheid (1991). Ad van Denderen is a member of VU agency, Paris.
Editor(s):Hans Aarsman, Roelof Mulder, Ad van DenderenPhotography:Ad van DenderenDesign:Roelof Mulder
Printing:Wachter GmbH, Bönnigheim (DE)Edition:1stPublisher(s):Paradox (English), Actes Sud (French), Edition Braus (German), Lunwerg Editores (Spanish), Mets & Schilt (Dutch)