Women through the border

New neighbors, new faces, new stories: immigration is changing our cities. But rarely are we familiar with  the personal stories that lie behind it.

“Women Through the Border”  bridges that gap. The project includes a series of cultural activities that aim to bring the audience closer to the experience of a group of Senegalese women currently living in Spain. At the heart of the project is  a photo exhibit that traces the routes these women have followed  from in their home towns and cities in Senegal to the new homes they have made for themselves in Spain. Through an intimate series of portraits, the exhibit explores the relationship they maintain with those left behind and  the dreams that give them strength to carry on.

Over the course of the exhibit, special presentations – including cinema, live music and live storytelling – show the wealth of Senegalese culture that they women bring with them.

Photos of the exhibit in Granada.

Articles published by the project.

The exhibit (photos and text -in spanish-)


Luna Vives / organization, text, photography.

Javier Acebal / organization, photography, graphic and web design

Patricia García Arias / press relations

María Díaz Perera / illustration





  • International Guild of Visual Peacemakers, by Luna Vives: Women Through the Border (24/10/2009)
  • Discreto lector, por Juan Mata: Ellas que caminan a nuestro lado (25/11/2009)
  • Radio
  • La voz del Senegal, en Onda Maracena Radio. Entrevista por Emilio Morales | Web
  • Mujeres Viajeras, de Evolution FM. Entrevista por Pilar Tejera (11/03/09) | Blog
  • Levando Anclas, de Radio Euskadi. Entrevista por Roge Blasco (8/2/09, 17/7/09) | Blog


  • Canal Sur. Informativos 25/11/09
  • Localia. Informativos 25/11/09


Granada 2010/2014 @ the neurosciences institute Federico Olóriz, Granada. University of Granada.

Granada 23 Nov / 5 Dec, 2009. Place: Biblioteca de Andalucía, Granada, Spain. Dates: November 23 to December 5, 2009 Photo Exhibit: Javier Acebal and Luna Vives. Movie: Little Senegal by Rachid Bouchareb and Caravane des dix Mots (in collaboration with Alianza Francesa de Granada). Concert: Live Hispano-Senegalese music. Live Storytelling by Boni Ofogo.

Javier Acebal

About the author: Javier Acebal

I'm a photographer based in Dakar (West Africa). I love to document cultures and people! (but also working for tourism industry).

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