This tiny 20 km2 Italian island, outpost of Europe just 113km off the Tunisian coast is a symbolic place, which for centuries acted as place of encounter between cultures, but also as a penal colony and even as pirate bay. 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 high season. And if the fishermen have become hoteliers and, for many, the island has become a sought-after resort, for many others it remains a lifeboat at sea, a fortress, a mirage of Europe.
This project is part of a long-term work on the European migrant crisis: The Idea of Europe
PHOTO ESSAY (August 2016)
Mpidusa (2016) 2:05 min Video Installation Photography, Video and Edit: Marco Panzetti
Morgenbladet (March 2017)