Paolo Pellegrin: Frontiers
Paolo Pellegrin photographs the dramatic 'journeys of hope' across the Mediterranean sea
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
Valle d’Aosta, Italy
From 29/04/2017 to 26/11/2017