- We are Here Football Club Identity
Receiving a residence permit as a refugee in Europe has never been more challenging. Refugees whose asylum requests are rejected, while their home country is not safe enough to return to, are currently in NL without the right to work, access to social housing or even social security. The We Are Here Football Club is an initiative by and for people who are experiencing this in The Netherlands. Through the game of football, they have established a supportive community.
This project is a collaborative effort to bring the We Are Here FC into the public eye. By appropriating the image language of football culture, it gives the team members recognition as football players. This project gradually grew as collaboration between We Are Here FC players, Annette Kouwenhoven, Katarína Gališinová and Menno de Bruijn.
We Are Here FC: Playing to be recognized.
Katarína Gališinová (1992, Slovakia), an engaged storyteller, reached out to collaborate on her upcoming exhibition focusing on the heroes of We Are Here FC. It’s a unique football team formed by undocumented migrants 'living' in the Netherlands. Together we’ve made football cards for the team. As society pushes these migrants away, without giving them recognition as citizens, these cards can help them get recognition as football players and contribute to raise awareness about their movement.