Utopia - Photographs by Sebastian Wells | Text by Magnus Pölcher | LensCulture

Embarking on a visual journey through the make-shift world of refugee camps, Sebastian Wells explores the tension between impermanence and permanence that exists in these environments

Though each camp had its own complex histories, Wells encountered certain recurring structural qualities. On all of the sites he visited, he found similar architectural structures in how the camps were set up and therefore organized. “Basically, I have been looking for patterns that repeat themselves. Especially when it refers to the structure of containers or tents, the same constellation of people and spaces,” Wells says of his photographic approach. “I have tried to echo this visually or to trace it again at the different sites, no matter whether it was in Germany, in Turkey or in Kenya.”