Created by Amalia Alvarez, 2015-2018
Contributed by Tegiye Birey, 2018
Courtesy of the artist
Keywords: Solidarity, 2015, Kontrapunkt
This cartoon series portrays the mobilization of practical solidarities when migrants arrived in Malmö in 2015, through the pen of Amalia Alvarez who witnessed their unfolding. Kontrapunkt [Counterpoint] was one of the groups that organized these efforts, and also one of the organizations I worked with during my fieldwork.
Alvarez’s cartoon functions as firsthand, detailed and visual field notes from the time, during which migration-related solidarity efforts were heightened and then reshaped. She sheds light on structural fluctuations that has shaped the solidarity work as well as the dynamics of inter-group solidarities that has emerged since.