The Land of the Others – 2016



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All contemporary inhabitants of our planet are undoubtedly descendants of immigrants and – according to the latest scientific research – they bear the same genes.  In the long history of humanity there have been many periods of migration during which people moved en masse towards various regions of the world, while the tendency to migration can be regarded as an inherent human trait.  Poverty, famine, natural disasters, wars and civil wars, displacement, emigration, self-exile, the purge of the cultural “Other”, the seizure and plunder of the “Other’s” resources or, merely, the expectation of finding a heaven in the “Land of the Other”, have always been – especially in the last centuries – among the reasons for these mass movements of people across the planet.  These population movements, contributed decisively to the shaping of the world and culture as we know it today. Nowadays, the ease and speed with which the elite teams worldwide move along with the forced migration of a growing number of people – particularly in areas where opportunities for decent survival become more infrequent or in areas where extreme violence is increasing – share an important role in this shaping.

In the project “The Land of the Others”, imaginary individual identities are given shape and status through first names, surnames, patronymic and metronymic names sparsely borrowed from tribes and nations from around the world. Forming, thus, intangible, transcendent entities· “Unknown Immigrants” and “Unknown Natives” – with unspecified, racial and spatiotemporal origin – in a list without a beginning or an end.  These dystopian sons and daughters of the Earth reveal to us the value and the necessity of an interracial, unified, anti-imperialistic world· a world of healthy cultural interaction, tangible solidarity and cooperation in finding solutions, so as to face the current, enormous challenge of population movements caused by civil wars, lack of food, climate change, territorial claims etc.  In a world threatened by climate change and resource depletion, where our humanitarian ideals and cultural values are tried· these imaginary figures aspire to showcase the human rights and, especially, the universal right of every human being to live in dignity and peace.



Louisa Ihejirika (British – Western African, Igbo), daughter of Gughlug (Mongolian) & Phuong (Vietnamese)

Odysseus Puhihale (Greek – Hawaiian), son of Wuti (Native American, Hopi) & Shirin (Iranian)    

Azubuike Aprahamian (Nigeria, Igbo – Armenian), son of Cheng (China) & Abbie (Irish)

Yatzil Toivonen (Native Mexican,Maya – Finnish), daughter of Mahmoud (Persian) & Nirmala (Indonesian)

Anatoly Al-Shahrani (Russian – Saudi Arabia), son of Ikal (Native Mexican, Maya) & Fatima (Pakistan)

Donatella Jeong (Italian – Korean), daughter of Hohera (Native New Zealander, Maori) & Theodora (Greek)

Francois Mahaulu (French – Hawaiian), son of Hook nose (Native Canadian, Cheyenne) & Arevik (Armenian) 

Salome Abu-Assad (Jew – Palaistinian), daughter of Richard (British) & Yulduz (Uzbekistani)

Esperanza Chowdhury (Spanish – Bangladesh), daughter of Chukwuemeka (Southern African, Zulu) & Helen (Greek)

Changming Abrahams (Chinese – Jew), son of Wallace (Scottish) & Nkechinyere (Nigerian)

Djalu Rodriguez (Natine Australian, Aboriginal – Spanish), son of Rahman (Bangladesh) & Lovisa (Swedish)

Chiranjeevi Papadakis (Indian – Greek), son of Hiroshi (Japanese) & Thulile (Southern African, Zulu)

Miryam Okpara (Jew – Western African), daughter of Mohammed (Arabic) & Arevik (Armenian)

Logah Alexandrescu (Solomon Islands – Romanian), daughter of Ibrahim (Bahrain) & Jaliqai (Mongolian)

Tlaloc Onwudiwe (Native Mexican, Aztec – Nigerian), son of Francesco (Italian) & Teata (I-Kiribatian)

Okalani Perrault (Hawaiian – French), son of Ikal (Native Mexican, Maya) & Gulistan (Kurdish)  

Nafise Potakana (Pakistani – Solomon Islands), daughter of Rembrandt (Dutch) & Odahingum (Native American, Cheyenne)

Astghik Luong (Armenian – Chinese), daughter of Cristiano (Portuguese) & Merelisi (Cook Islands)

Bohdan Bayarsaikhan (Ukrainian – Mongolian), son of Hohera (Maori) &  Zemfira  (Azerbaijani, Tatar, Bashkir)

Mimiteh O’Brien (Native American, Mohegan – Irish), daughter of Akhtar (Afghanistan) & Nkemdilim (Western African, Igbo)

Avgusta Weyonomon (Slovene – Native American, Mohegan), daughter of Ameqran (Northern African, Berber) & Ayako (Japanese)

Jumaane Almeida (Eastern African, Swahili – Portuguese), son of Waquini (Native American, Cheyenne) & Safaa (Egyptian)  

Xochiquetzal Soeur (Native Mexican, Nahuatl – Cambodian), daughter of Mayrbek (Chechen) & Haruko (Japanese)

Zeega Ackermann (Solomon Islands – German), son of Ardavast (Armenian) & Mimiteh (Native American, Omaha)

Yngvar Kuwaninvaya (Norwegian – Native Canada, Hopi), son of Al-Kandari (Kuwait) & Frederikke (Danish)

Milanca Abdulrahman (Serbian – Afghan), daughter of Quochytewa (Native Canada, Hopi) & Tidir (Northern African, Berber)

Giang Thu Duvanowski (Chineze – Polish), son of Tengiz (Georgian) & Seble (Eastern African, Amharic)

Cuauhtemoc  Alnasseri (Native Mexicans,Nahuatl – Syrian) son of Sergei (Russian) & Lakshmana (Indian)

Marina Kaapana (Greek – Hawaiian), daughter of Abdullah (Turk) & Coatlicue (Native Mexican, Nahuatl)

Claudius Deloria (Italian – Native American, Dakota), son of Ahmad (Arab) & Blaga (Bulgarian)

Chalchiuhticue Hernandez (Native American, Aztec Nahuati – Spaniard), daughter of Narayana (Indian) & Monise (Ellice Islands)

Ylli Tochtli (Albanian – Native Mexican, Nahuatl), son of Orduoronartai (Mongolian) & Gretel (German)

Teribauea Abdullah (I-Kiribatian – Indian), daughter of Francesco (Italian) & Zhen (Chinese)

Aharon Sumatzkuku (Jew – Native Canada, Hopi), son of GiaHuy (Chinese) & Halime (Turk)

Giuseppe Babazadeh (Italian – Pakistani), son of Yesunuva (Mongolian) & Ix Kaknab (Native Mexican, Maya)

Josipa Zogjani (Croatian – Albanian), daughter of Cuauhtemoc (Native American, Aztec) & Tsholofelo (Southern African,Tswana)

Dagur Tehumu (Icelandic – I-Kiribatian), daughter of Faruk (Arab) & Liwayway (Filipino)

Hermes Macconnell (Greek – Irish), son of Sebastián (Argentinian) & Chukwuemeka (Western African, Igbo)

Nimfa Zakeri (Filipino – Iranian), daughter of Wahchinksapa (Native American, Sioux) & Antoinette (French)

Domingo Ahmadi (Spaniard – Syrian), son of Acolmixtli (Native Mexican, Nahuatl) & Andela (Czech)

Alexander Abdullah (Greek – Arab), son of Phuong (Vietnamese) & Nizhoni (Native American, Navajo)

Kathleen Dũng (Irish – Chineze), daughter of Otto (German) & Izem (Northern African, Berber)

Chavatangakwunua Montazami (Native American, Hopi – Iranian), son of Paris (Greek) & Nguyễn (Chinese)

Adolf Pillay (German – Native South Africa), son of Tamil Efraim (Jew) & Merelisi (Cook Islands)

Ekaterina Ma’afu (Russian – Cook Islands), daughter of Khalid (Arab) & Altani (Mongolian)


Scientific support by George Tsimouris, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Anthropology, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Athens
In cooperation with the project of the University of Durham: Transitory Lives: An Anthropological Research of the Migration Crisis in the Mediterranean


This project is dedicated to Louisa O’Brien who – after her 37 year-residence in Greece, during which she voluntarily and tirelessly worked for the rights and the survival of immigrants and refugees – returned to England. From 2000 to 2010 she was a member of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (International Campaign to Ban Landmines – ICBL), in charge of the Greek section, till Greece was declared a country free of landmines in 2010.