The Idea of Europe

A long-term work on the human consequences of the European refugee crisis

Life after Hell [2017]

Through a collective narration made of portraits, testimonies and daily life insights gathered at various reception centres across Italy, ’Life after hell' returns names, voices and faces to the refugees who fled their countries (and the Libyan hell) to build a life in peace and dignity in Europe.

In Between [2016-2017]

A reportage from the humanitarian rescue vessel Aquarius. According to the IOM (International Organization for Migration), between Jan 2014 and Oct 2017 an average of 8 people a day have lost their lives in the Mediterranean while trying to reach Italy. It is the most lethal migration route in the world: more than 10,000 deaths in less than 3 years.

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.

Migrants in Ventimiglia in the summer of 2015

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.

Along the Balkan Route [2015]

In September 2015, after the construction of a fence between Hungary and Serbia ordered by the Hungarian government of Viktor Orbán, the flow of migrants on the Balkan Route headed for Austria to reach its destination, Germany, is forced to divert its course. During the frantic weeks following, the governments of Croatia, Slovenia and Hungary repeatedly change their policy, opening and closing borders depending on their political convenience.

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