Central Mediterranean Sea, February 2021.
People in distress, attempting to cross the Mediterranean sea from Libya on board a wooden boat.
The survivors were rescued in a dramatic operation by the crew of the Sea-Watch 3. The rescue occurred after 15 people died on the same day in a shipwreck off the Libyan coast, and 100 people were pushed back to torture and detention in Libya.
The Mediterranean sea is today the deadliest border in the world. Since 1993, more than 40, 555 people on the move have died due to EU's lack of safe corridors, official rescue structures, and border repression.
Italian freelance photojournalist. With a background in grassroots activism, her work spans issues relating to social justice, anthropology, human rights, feminism, the environment, and food production. Selene was raised in the Italian Dolomites and now lives between London and Berlin. Her belief in research, slow journalism and an ethos of political participation informs her approach to documentary projects. Photography is for her a political tool.