The Idea of Europe

[On-going body of work] Driven by wars, conflicts, famine, humanitarian crisis and economical reasons, hundreds of thousands of migrants attempt to reach Europe by any possible mean. Tragedy after tragedy, thousands of people die trying to cross the Mediterranean, and dozens of refugee camps rise again in the heart of Europe. It is the largest refugee crisis since World War II, a crisis that is redefining not only the meaning of the Schengen borders and the relationship between EU member states, but also the idea of Europe itself.


In Between (2016-2017) 

According to the IOM (International Organization for Migration), between January 2016 and March 2017, over 205,000 migrants arrived in Italy through the Central Mediterranean Route leaving from the coasts of Libya. Almost 6,000 of them died in the attempt, making this route deadlier than ever. The rescue vessel Aquarius, operated by the NGOs SOS Méditerranée and Médicins Sans Frontières (MSF), conducts search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea.


Lampedusa's boats graveyard, August 2016.

Lampedusa (2016)

On this strategically placed, highly militarized island, the 6,000 inhabitants coexisted in recent years with several immigration waves from North Africa, and with more than 100,000 tourists per season. And if the fishermen have become hoteliers and the island has become for many a sought-after resort, for many others it remains a lifeboat at sea, a fortress, a mirage of Europe.


We are not going back (2015)

At the Italian-French border of Ventimiglia, a group of migrants blocked by the French police in Italian territory built, together with French and Italian activists, a self-managed community that soon became a solidary alternative to the typical refugee camps managed by state or para-state organizations.



Chaos on the Balkan Route (2015)

A few days after the construction of a fence between Hungary and Serbia by the Hungarian government of Viktor Orbán, the flow of migrants on the Balkan Route is forced to divert its course. This series witnesses the the frantic weeks following.



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