Photographer's Note

For three days last week this installation of wooden slabs was displayed in a small square in Stockholm's Old Town, Gamla stan, at the corner of the Royal Palace.

The installation was called "Den stora saknaden" (The Big Loss) and was dedicated to the thousands of young migrants or refugees who arrived in Sweden in 2015–16 but were eventually not allowed to stay. Most of them had already started a new life here before they were denied residence, usually after several years of slow bureaucracy. They had to seek refuge somewhere else, or were deported back to where they came from.

A number of them chose to take their own life rather than being sent back to Afghanistan, Syria or Iraq, where most of them had started their long journeys to Sweden.

The installation was created by Swedish-Dutch multimedia artist Marit Törnqvist (born in 1964), living in Amsterdam but maintaining close contacts with Swedish society, especially engaged in projects to ameliorate the conditions for Afghan refugees.

The hundreds of wooden slabs used for the installation showed messages to missing refugees from former friends, foster parents, schoolmates or others who had known them and loved them.

In the WS is an alternative angle and a close look at one message.

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