Hate Hurts is a documentary photography project that exposes the violence refugees and asylum seekers face from the moment they try to cross one of Europe’s borders and the factors that contribute to its use. Since 2015, the project chronicles the personal costs of this violence across Europe from the psychological harm caused by the impenetrability of bureaucracy, detention and limbo to the humiliation and hurt of physical violence, often carried out by governments’ own security forces. The scale and the repercussion of these crimes are under-reported, and/or often ignored, in fact the EU’s continuous failure to handle the flow of refugees has only increased violence, push-backs and abusive practices by organised criminals and those with links to the far right, pointing to a growing structural violence. The Hate Hurts project with its investigative and chronicle approach aims to denounce structural violence against refugees and asylum seekers. It takes the public on to a visual journey of reflection and analysis mapping the various layers around migration and how governments have tapped on to the population’s security, economic fears and cultural eradication to gain support towards nationalism, war, border controls and clampdown on civil liberties.
Driven by my early difficult life experience, I have chosen the path of telling the stories and advocate for those been suppressed or marginalised. I hold an MA in Photojournalism & Documentary Photography from London College of Communication.