Artistic webzine on migration, borders, human rights


Migrants, the darker feather in globalisation’s cap.
Joe Sacco, The Unwanted, in Journalism, 2012

Migrants, the human element of globalisation,
the avant-garde of the future, the most
contemporary expression of our time.

Laura Boldrini, ex-spokesperson for UNHCR


Manifestival, by Nina K.

Manifestival, by Nina K.

LE MONDE N’EST PAS ROND (The World is Not Round) is an international artistic webzine, based in Luxembourg, that explores the contemporary realities of migration, borders, and human rights through the publication of alternative journalism, art and illustration, photography, prose and poetry, music and film. We publish in four languages: English, French, German and Luxembourgish.

Published originally as a printed newspaper presented at the Luxembourg Festival des Migrations in March 2013, Le monde n’est pas rond was re-launched as a webzine on International Migrants’ Day, 18th December 2013.

An initiative by Passaport Project, in collaboration with Personne n’est illégal – Luxembourg, a grassroots activist group campaigning for migrants’ rights and universal freedom of movement.

Why an artistic webzine?

Logo by Joseph Scerri

Logo by Joseph Scerri

In contrast to the plethora of academic and political migration conferences mushrooming across Europe (with 4 having taken place in Luxembourg in the first half of 2013 alone), with a few good exceptions, artistic initiatives in Europe exploring issues of migration and borders appear to be very scattered, often existing, somewhat ironically, within their own specific national spaces.

To overcome this fragmentation, Le monde n’est pas rond offers a space for creation, collaboration and discussion among authors and artists in Luxembourg, Europe, the Mediterranean and beyond. Our aim is to gather a broad anthology of artistic works spanning several places and genres, and to become a platform for the creation of a loose cross-border artistic collective, based in Luxembourg yet with a Euro-Mediterranean dimension, in a similar vein to what CultureStrike magazine is achieving in North America.

The transformative power of artistic (including journalistic) activism may not be easily tangible or measurable, but that is because it works on consciousness, and its effects are necessarily long-term. By cultivating cross-border artistic collaboration, Le monde n’est pas rond looks to implicitly foster reflection and discussion in favour of softer national borders, freedom of movement, and respect for universal human rights and human dignity.

You can support Le monde n’est pas rond and Personne n’est illégal – Luxembourg by submitting a piece of work for publication, and/or by ordering a copy of our printed newspaper or a poetic ‘anti-passport‘. Part of the proceeds will go toward the design and printing of a book-form anthology planned for mid-2015, which will bring together the most read and most insightful posts published in the webzine, together with a selection of fresh material.

Editorial team

Background image by Catherine Lemaire, a visual artist, painter and artist book creator based in Barcelona, Spain

Background image by Catherine Lemaire

Antoine Cassar – Poet, translator, editor, activist. Author of long poem Passport.

Francis Kirps – Writer, performer, editor and cultural organiser. Author of Planet Luxembourg.

Paulo Lobo – Photographer and journalist. Author of La face cachée des mots.

Jean Portante – Poet, novelist, journalist and translator. Author of Mrs Haroy ou la mémoire de la baleine.

Carole Reckinger – Journalist, photographer, researcher and international peaceworker. Co-director of Bitter Oranges.

Sandie Richard – Human rights activist and social worker. Organisational member of Personne n’est illégal – Luxembourg.

Marco Scerri – Graphic designer and visual artist. Author of photographic newspaper Distant Land.

Mediterranean Sea. One of a series of sculptures by Luigi Camarilla, made out of the wood of abandoned fishing and migrant boats in Sicily.

Mediterranean Sea. One of a series of sculptures by Luigi Camarilla, made out of the wood of abandoned fishing and migrant boats in Sicily.

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