Silver 2017 / Editorial / General News

Drops In The Mediterranean Sea

  • Photographer
    Luca Catalano Gonzaga

An anguished journey strictly entangled with death. This is what getting through the Mediterranean Sea means: it’s the making of a new Odissey. It’s the story of men, women and children who donate their lives to providence, navigating in open water on small wooden boats or rubber dinghies. It’s the drama of people who desperately seek for dignified poverty, not for an artificial, consumeristic wellbeing state. An elementary class notion which happens to be easily forgettable from the occidental world. The migrant crisis is running the risk of being banalised by mainstream media. Like in all peregrinations it is possible to identify a point of departure and one of arrival, but the least, in the chronicle of this humanitarian tragedy, focus on what happens in the epicentre of the migratory flow: the Mediterranean Sea. The photographic reportage “Drops in the Mediterranean Sea” has been captured in September 2016, while cruising the Libyan waters in the north of Sabrata, aboard the Italian Coast Guard rescue ship “Ubaldo Diciotti”. These photographs document and educate the viewer on the first aid protocol which has saved hundreds of thousands of human lives. The rescue operations are extremely delicate and request cold-blooded succourers.  The flimsy wandering rubber dinghies are usually overcrowded, the people who travel in them in atrocious conditions: ravenous, dehydrated and numbed. Women embrace tightly their children, some men wrap themselves in thermal blankets and others have to be literally fished out of the water, being captured from their life jackets. In their shocked and frightened eyes it appears feasible to perceive a feeling of hope. Sicily stretches in the horizon. It’s the end of an inhuman voyage and the genesis for a new life