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‘Illegal dreamer’ is a low-almost-no budged campaign directed by Manson for GetxoPhoto 2015 based on a series of selfies posted on Instagram by Abdou Diouf, a fictional character who documents his journey from Senegal to Europe in search for a better life.

After some media —like UK’s The Huffington PostMirror; Swedish Svenska Dagbladet; Italians Corriere della Sera, La StampaVanity Fair; Spaniards Cadena Ser, Cuatro, La Vanguardia; Portuguesse TVi 24; Mexicans El Universal and Excelsior; Peruvian El Popular among many others around the world— reported about Abdou’s trip as if it was real, the campaign went globally viral, giving tremendous attention to GetxoPhoto 2015 and the issues presented in this Trips’ edition.


GETXOPHOTO is an international festival dedicated to photography that takes place in Getxo (Basque Country) and supports the exploration of formats, stands and unconventional exhibition spaces to show the different images. This is a thematic festival that every three years works together with a different curator who understands the photography as a tool of knowledge, communication, and of course artistic enjoyment.

The curator for GetxoPhoto 2015 «TRIPS» edition is Christian Caujolle.

Press and Media

ALJAZEERA Politics and polemics: Europe’s immigration story

BBC News ‘Migrant’ hoax: The selfies that fooled the internet

BR / PULS Die (wahre) Geschichte des Instaflüchtlings

CNN La dramática travesía de un ‘inmigrante’ africano hasta las costas españolas, vía Instagram

Creativepool The Instagram Migrant was actually an advertisement in disguise

Deutsche Welle How one photographer faked a refugee trip to Europe

Deutsche Welle Migrant’s journey on Instagram

EITB El viaje a ninguna parte de Abdou

El Mundo Un ‘inmigrante’ en campaña publicitaria

El Pais La campaña que imagina el Instagram de un inmigrante hasta llegar a España /// La campanya que imagina l’Instagram d’un immigrant que arriba a Espanya

El Periódico Instagram es revoluciona amb la ‘suposada’ odissea d’un immigrant africà

FranceTVinfo Non, un migrant n’a pas chroniqué son périple vers l’Europe sur Instagram

i-D La campaña viral española que ha engañado al mundo entero

Jeune Afrique Immigration : « Abdou Diouf » sur Instagram, vrai buzz pour faux clandestin

La Opinión El viaje de un inmigrante indocumentado que confundió a miles en la red

Le Journal du Dimanche Le faux migrant qui retraçait son périple sur Instagram

Medium How a Production Company Faked ‘Instagram Migrant’ Account

Radio GuinéeSud Le périple diffusé par un migrant sur Instagram était un faux

RTBF Sur Instagram, un faux migrant sénégalais raconte son parcours vers l’Europe

Rue89 Le migrant qui raconte son périple était un fake

The Huffington Post ‘Instagram Migrant’ Turns Out To Be Spanish Handball Player

The Independent Migrant crisis: Filmmaker creates fake Instagram account of illegal immigrant to draw attention to ‘frivolity’ of social media

TIME Creators of Fake Instagram Account Showing a Migrant’s Journey Speak Out

TVE Telediario Festival de fotografía GetxoPhoto

VICE La campaña del inmigrante de Instagram

VOX A company tricked the media into believing a fake migrant’s journey on Instagram

WIRED Flucht-Fake: Eine spanische Werbeagentur inszeniert die Reise eines Refugees