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Desperate Crossing

The exhibition focuses on the dramatic journey of thousands of migrants fleeing from war, famine and poverty, desperately in search of a better future in Europe.

The photographs come from two different and complementary “eyes”: that of Paolo Pellegrin, famous photojournalist, and a member of the prestigious Magnum agency, and that of Mohamed Keita, young and talented photographer.

Paolo Pellegrin has documented this terrible "journey of hope" in a series of reportages, one of which published in September 2015 by the New York Times Magazine with the title "Desperate Crossing". Mohamed Keita has, instead, a first-hand experience of it, being  himsel a migrant.

Pellegrin’s photographs show the terrible journey, while those of Keita are, in a way, the consequence of it.

Escaped at the age of 14 from his country, Ivory Coast, to survive the civil war that had claimed his parents’ lives, Keita has wandered, for more than three years, on a journey around the African continent before embarking toward Italy. From Sicily, where he arrived, he then reached Rome, where he slept for four months at the Roma Termini Station. Through photography he has built part of his identity as a survivor, and managed to find a possible professional venue. His camera is often focused on those who, like him, are veterans of this harsh odyssey and are forced to live in perilous and inhumane conditions.

The expert eye of Pellegrin finds, therefore, an ideal completion in young Keita’s perspective, against the background of a country - Italy - engaged in the difficult task of welcoming and integrating the overwhelming number of immigrants arriving every day along its shores.

Curated by: Marco Delogu and Nicola Curzio


Date: Da Wednesday, March 30, 2016 a Thursday, April 28, 2016

Time: From 10:00 am To 5:00 pm

Organized by : IIC

In collaboration with : IIC Londra

Entrance : Free