With the project Un-Home Filip Berte investigates the inclusion and exclusion of uninvited newcomers into European society. In the Registration and Processing Center (CEP) in the Swiss border town Vallorbe, asylum seekers await decision about the next step in their lives. In a center that investigates their past, examines their present and determines their future. The place symbolizes the no man’s land between in- and outsidership, between ‘home’ and ‘un-home.
Un-Home is an installation consisting of a model of the Registration and Processing Center in which a camera obscura and a hidden digital camera have been installed. Berte provides a critical ‘moment of self-reflection’ in a place where people are forced to stay in the twilight zone between feeling at home socially and politically and the total absence of that sense.