Text in the dunes: Search and destroy
‘Search and destroy’, made by the Syrian artist Mekhitar Garabedian


From July 1 to November 11, 2018 Atlantic Wall Raveryde in Ostend (Belgium) hosted the art project UNSETTLED.

The project focused on the reception of refugees during the First and Second World Wars. The alienation they felt is not a thing of the past, because even today large numbers of people have to flee or are driven from hearth and home. They often also consider themselves a 'stranger' or feel that way. In UNSETTLED, historical and current refugee flows were linked in the context of the Atlantic Wall, a figurative wall the Germans built to stop an Allied invasion. As part of this project, Raversyde collaborated with young artists. Some of them had also fled their country themselves. At the Atlantic Wall Raversyde location, they interacted with visitors through an exhibition, theater performances and other artistic interventions. UNSETTLED has a strong relationship with the Walls&Peace conference and the first Off the Wall project, both of which also took place in the fall of 2018. These are Atlanticwall Europe's first projects. The documentary was then shown in a bunker at the Atlantic Wall Raversyde location from March to November 2019.