After the approval of a temporary visa, the migrants are now allowed to enter the Schengen area, in effect crossing the border into the European Union.
Here they are met with the benefits of the free market and choices that the union offers its citizens.
The circular plaza is surrounded by a loggia, offering shade from the harsh Spanish midday sun. Protruding from this loggia lie the stalls of vendors, offering goods from all over Europe, enticing the migrants to taste the life of economic prowess.
However, with no money or no job, the migrants are forced to seek work to afford the alluring offers of the marketplace.
Working for the vendors is the only choice they have, but with only a temporary visa, and no working permit, the migrants are forced to work in the shadows.They work behind the fake plaster facades of the enclosed marketplace, effectively within the actual wall behind closed secret doors.
Out of sight, out of mind as they say.
The marketplace symbolize the situation migrants find themselves in, when entering Europe. As an example, when applying for a residence permit in Spain, you have to have lived there for 3 years, before you can obtain the permit. But in these three years, you are effectively an illegal immigrant and cannot get a regular job or address; instead you work in the shadows and live in the walls.
In Denmark you have to have been living legally in Denmark for 8 years and have proof of residency and work or other income covering your needs, this requires a continuous circle of applications for a working permit that have a 6 month waiting time to be accepted or denied.
Whereas in France you will need a family connection or have been granted the refugee status by the French government.
The marketplace is inspired by theTempietto di San Pietro in Montorio by Donato Bramante, as a prime example of Renaissance architecture.The temple pays homage to the martyrdom of St. Peter and in this case the illegal workers extended suffering behind the facades of the European economy.
The oculus in the middle of the circular market mark the point of which the border into Europe is crossed. As the damn protruding out of the water, giving firm ground to stand on.