The idea behind Exilé Sans Frontières came to life in 2012, yet it took nearly a decade for it to find a home in the shape of a literary magazine. At its heart is a live impulse that sparks a sense of belonging, fosters social justice, and nurtures empathy.
Without an education that opens minds to arts and culture, there can be no bridges of understanding – no mirrors for self-awareness – no sub-layers of language. This may be the most immediate action we can take to build a collective social conscience and address the hurt and injustice taking place around the world.
Words are not mere instruments of communication, just like photographs are not simple snapshots of reality, or paintings a juxtaposition of colorful brushstrokes. Art gives and art demands: by granting us access to the undersurface of the world, it also exhorts its readers, viewers, listeners to open their souls to what is felt.
The works in Exilé Sans Frontières speak directly from one unconscious to another. A loss of conscious mind is what is gained.
The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR)
The German Institute for International Security Affairs (SWP)