Past Exhibition

Paolo Pellegrin: Frontiers

Paolo Pellegrin photographs the dramatic 'journeys of hope' across the Mediterranean sea

Paolo Pellegrin

Paolo Pellegrin Walid, 24 years old from Raqqa, Syria. He did not want to be identifed for fear of repercussions on his family back home. Kos, Greece, 2015. © Paolo Pellegrin/Magnum Photos with support from the Pu (...)
Paolo Pellegrin African migrants are seen in their dinghy as they are about to be rescued by MSF. After they were rescued by MSF, They were transferred at sea to an italian costguard vassel and taken to Italy.  J (...)
Paolo Pellegrin Eritrean migrants, who were rescued at sea by a ship hired by MSF. Medecins sans Frontieres, are seen on deck as the ship transports them to Reggio Calabria, Italy, on July 27, 2015. © Paolo Pellegrin | Magnum Photos
Paolo Pellegrin Eritrean migrants, who were rescued at sea by a ship hired by MSF. Medecins sans Frontieres, are seen on deck as the ship transports them to Reggio Calabria, Italy, on July 27, 2015. © Paolo Pellegrin | Magnum Photos
Paolo Pellegrin Due to the long hours of waiting in extreme heat conditions and the general exhaustion, refugees sometimes collapse and faint. Lesbos, Greece. 2015. © Paolo Pellegrin/Magnum Photos with support fro (...)
Paolo Pellegrin Refugees come ashore near the village of Skala Sikaminias on the northern tip of the Greek island of Lesbos, around eight nautical miles from the Turkish coast. Lesbos, Greece. 2015. According to (...)

Frontiers documents, through Paolo Pellegrin’s intense images, the dramatic ‘journeys of hope’ of thousands of migrants fleeing danger in search of a better future: the horror of the Mediterranean sea crossings, the experience of disembarking and the stay in the reception centres.

The black and white photographs, of great visual and emotional impact, were taken in 2015. Most of them document the situation on the Greek island of Lesbos. According to data of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), more than 500,000 of the 850,000 refugees and migrants that arrived in Greece in 2015 disembarked on Lesbos.

The exhibition, organized in collaboration with Magnum Photos International Agency, Paris, offers a topical perspective on migrants’ drama. This is also an explicit reflection on the borders – the visible or invisible, the geographical, political, and social ones – separating people in Europe, that today is being called upon to face the challenge of welcoming.

Through of his photographs, Pellegrin documents the facts that he witnesses, from the perspective of a photojournalist, but, mostly, he interprets tragedy and pain through his humanity, aiming to renew the vision of the events that he observed. “I’m more interested in a photography that is unfinished – a photography that can trigger a dialogue. There are pictures that are closed, finished, to which there is no way in,” he says.

Forte di Barde
11020 Barde
Valle d’Aosta, Italy

From 29/04/2017 to 26/11/2017

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