Archival images from studio recordings at the Columbia Records Company in Athens thumbnail
Polaroids of North African migrants living in the abandoned Columbia Records Company in Athens thumbnail
A makeshift room at the deserted Columbia record company compound in Greece. thumbnail
Sofiane at the deserted building of Columbia Records in Athens thumbnail
Algerian migrants have their dinner during the Ramadan at the deserted building of Columbia Records in Athens, Greece thumbnail
Mohamed reads the Koran during the Ramadan at the deserted building of Columbia Records in Athens thumbnail
Khalifa Chichi (right) prays during the Ramadan in the abandoned building of Columbia Records in Athens, Greece thumbnail
An Algerian undocumented migrant on the top of his makeshift room at the rooftop of the deserted building of Columbia Records in Athens thumbnail
A room in the abandoned Columbia compound in Athens thumbnail
Yousuf, a 33 years old Algerian immigrant, at the deserted Columbia compound in Athens, Greece. thumbnail
Hamza (right) shaves at the deserted Columbia record company building in Athens, Greece. thumbnail
Khalifa at the deserted Columbia record company thumbnail
A makeshift kitchen in the deserted building of Columbia Records in Athens. thumbnail
A record sleeve of Zozo Sapountzaki at the abandoned compound of Columbia Records in Athens, Greece thumbnail
Khalifa Chichi in the Columbia building thumbnail
Abdul tries to climb to his makeshift room. thumbnail
A room at the deserted Columbia record company thumbnail
Mohamed holds a fake Italian identity card thumbnail
Α migrant sleeps at the abandoned building of Columbia Records in Athens thumbnail
Abdul aka Gaddafi, a Libyan immigrant, at the deserted Columbia record company building in Athens, Greece. thumbnail
Khalifa Chichi, 26 years old, was been beaten up by Greek police officers thumbnail
Algerian undocumented immigrants, have their lunch at the building of Columbia Records in Athens thumbnail
An undocumented immigrant from Afghanistan looks at the ferry that connects Greece to Italy thumbnail
Mohamed (right) and Munir jump the gate to the ferries that connect Greece to Italy thumbnail
Archival images from studio recordings at the Columbia Records Company in Athens
Polaroids of North African migrants living in the abandoned Columbia Records Company in Athens
A makeshift room at the deserted Columbia record company compound in Greece.
Sofiane at the deserted building of Columbia Records in Athens
Algerian migrants have their dinner during the Ramadan at the deserted building of Columbia Records in Athens, Greece
Mohamed reads the Koran during the Ramadan at the deserted building of Columbia Records in Athens
Khalifa Chichi (right) prays during the Ramadan in the abandoned building of Columbia Records in Athens, Greece
An Algerian undocumented migrant on the top of his makeshift room at the rooftop of the deserted building of Columbia Records in Athens
A room in the abandoned Columbia compound in Athens
Yousuf, a 33 years old Algerian immigrant, at the deserted Columbia compound in Athens, Greece.
Hamza (right) shaves at the deserted Columbia record company building in Athens, Greece.
Khalifa at the deserted Columbia record company
A makeshift kitchen in the deserted building of Columbia Records in Athens.
A record sleeve of Zozo Sapountzaki at the abandoned compound of Columbia Records in Athens, Greece
Khalifa Chichi in the Columbia building
Abdul tries to climb to his makeshift room.
A room at the deserted Columbia record company
Mohamed holds a fake Italian identity card
Α migrant sleeps at the abandoned building of Columbia Records in Athens
Abdul aka Gaddafi, a Libyan immigrant, at the deserted Columbia record company building in Athens, Greece.
Khalifa Chichi, 26 years old, was been beaten up by Greek police officers
Algerian undocumented immigrants, have their lunch at the building of Columbia Records in Athens
An undocumented immigrant from Afghanistan looks at the ferry that connects Greece to Italy
Mohamed (right) and Munir jump the gate to the ferries that connect Greece to Italy

Archival images from studio recordings at the Columbia Records Company in Athens

Polaroids of North African migrants living in the abandoned Columbia Records Company in Athens

A makeshift room at the deserted Columbia record company compound in Greece.

Sofiane at the deserted building of Columbia Records in Athens

Algerian migrants have their dinner during the Ramadan at the deserted building of Columbia Records in Athens, Greece

Mohamed reads the Koran during the Ramadan at the deserted building of Columbia Records in Athens

Khalifa Chichi (right) prays during the Ramadan in the abandoned building of Columbia Records in Athens, Greece

An Algerian undocumented migrant on the top of his makeshift room at the rooftop of the deserted building of Columbia Records in Athens

A room in the abandoned Columbia compound in Athens

Yousuf, a 33 years old Algerian immigrant, at the deserted Columbia compound in Athens, Greece.

Hamza (right) shaves at the deserted Columbia record company building in Athens, Greece.

Khalifa at the deserted Columbia record company

A makeshift kitchen in the deserted building of Columbia Records in Athens.

A record sleeve of Zozo Sapountzaki at the abandoned compound of Columbia Records in Athens, Greece

Khalifa Chichi in the Columbia building

Abdul tries to climb to his makeshift room.

A room at the deserted Columbia record company

Mohamed holds a fake Italian identity card

Α migrant sleeps at the abandoned building of Columbia Records in Athens

Abdul aka Gaddafi, a Libyan immigrant, at the deserted Columbia record company building in Athens, Greece.

Khalifa Chichi, 26 years old, was been beaten up by Greek police officers

Algerian undocumented immigrants, have their lunch at the building of Columbia Records in Athens

An undocumented immigrant from Afghanistan looks at the ferry that connects Greece to Italy

Mohamed (right) and Munir jump the gate to the ferries that connect Greece to Italy

Columbia Records, established in 1930, was the first record company to operate in Greece.
Until it closed down in 1991 it was the preeminent Greek record company and most of the country’s big performing artists and various singers from the Middle East were signed to the label.
In 2009, 200 undocumented migrants squatted the deserted building. All of them want to end up in France or in any of “the rich European countries, because in Greece there is not work”.
They try their luck at the port of Patras, hiding in containers and trucks hoping that they will manage to get on board a ship to Italy.
Although there are no frontiers to music in this abandoned music factory we see undocumented migrants, stuck in a building, trapped in a country with unclear laws and policies on immigration; and in the piles of archives and rubbish of a record company some people are trying to build a new life.

I am trying to approach the huge and very complicated problem of immigration through the three elements that form my photo essay: music, immigration and cultural background of both the immigrants and the building.
I intend to explore the social changes (xenophobia, political rise of far-right parties/surge in racist attacks) taking place in a country – Greece – that has recently been transformed from migrant sending to migrant receiving country.

I revisited the Columbia compound various times from 2010 until my last visits in 2013 when the run down building was finally sealed.