Assembly : Collective talk

With Selma Benkhelifa, Maël Galisson, Modou Ndiaye (VSP), Michel Bouffioux, and others

In this assembly, several protagonists (journalists, lawyers, and activists) of the solidarity network that counters dehumanizing and necropolitical migration policies in Belgium gather to contextualize the various issues at hand in this exhibition. The audience is invited to participate in this collective conversation.


Selma Benkhelifa is the lawyer representing the family of Mawda Shawri. She has been a member of the PROGRESS Lawyers Network in Brussels since 2001. Specialising in immigration law, Selma Benkhelifa has distinguished herself in particular in the defence of Afghan, Kurdish, and Iranian hunger strikers and the occupants of Saint-Boniface Church in Ixelles.

Maël Galisson is a journalist, author of the series "Les tués de Calais" published by Les Jours. Galisson covers issues of exile and borders, and sometimes photographs or records social and environmental struggles for French and international media.

Involved in the struggle for undocumented migrant rights for over 10 years, Modou Ndiaye is now coordinator of several occupations of the Voix des sans papiers (VSP) in Brussels, leader and spokesperson for the VSP collective, as well as facilitator and trainer in continuing education at the CFS non-profit organisation. He is the voice of the collective for the Coordination des sans papiers de Belgique, for whom regularisation on the basis of clear, permanent criteria and access to fundamental rights for all undocumented migrants are a political priority. Modou is also a slam poet and MC during open stages hosted by VSP members.

Michel Bouffioux is an investigative journalist. He has worked in the editorial offices of a number of Belgian dailies and weeklies, covering social, historical and legal issues. Since 2007, he has been a member of the editorial team at Paris Match Belgique. He was responsible for the major counter-investigation in the case of Mawda Shawri.

Practical information
18.01.24, 18:30-20:30
Language : French, translations in english
Moderated by Antoinette Jattiot
Free entrance upon reservation :

Image : Robin Vanbesien, hold on to her, 2024(still). Courtesy the artist