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The Man Who Sold His Skin: How one Syrian refugee became a piece of art to reach Europe

After a young Syrian man escapes his hometown of Raqqa, he must make it to Belgium so he can be reunited with the love of his life. His first stop is neighbouring Lebanon, where he crashes an exhibition launch to steal the free food, and to take a break from electrocuting baby chicks in the factory he works in to make ends meet. In an unconvincing coincidence, a successful, contemporary Belgian artist asks Sam if he will have his back tattooed in exchange for a "magic carpet" to travel to Brussels. With this, Sam Ali is presented with a dilemma that thousands of people fleeing conflict and persecution must navigate every day: What lengths will he go to leave the […]

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