Lying in Between
Today, the countries that look onto the Mediterranean find themselves facing an unprecedented emergency, represented by thousands of refugees fleeing the Middle East and Africa. Their points of arrival, once famous tourist destinations, have become the emblem of the divide that exists between the Western world, intent on self-preservation, and another world, looking onto Europe yet caught up in civil and religious wars.
The Fondazione Fotografia in Modena has always encouraged a responsible use of imagery in order to trigger profound reflections on the contemporary world, to question certainties and raise awareness. On the basis of this belief, following the recommendations of its own scientific committee, underlining the importance of working in close collaboration with non-governmental organisations, associations and institutions in loco, the Fondazione Fotografia sent seven Italian photographers (Antonio Biasiucci, Antonio Fortugno, Angelo Iannone, Filippo Luini, Francesco Mammarella, Simone Mizzotti and Francesco Radino) to Idomeni – on the border between Greece and Macedonia – and the Greek islands of Lesbos, Chios, Samos, Leros and Kos. Characterised by their diverse kinds of sensitivity and style, some of the photographers opted to undertake a direct narrative, while others adopted a more evocative style, and others yet opted for a more conceptual representation.
A three-channel video installation, created by the Fondazione Fotografia itself, accompanies their works and completes their accounts of this experience.
Just like the refugees in the limbo of waiting, the photographers also found themselves “in between,” overwhelmed by the gazes and words of those who are forced to live in reception camps for indefinite periods in a desolating atmosphere.
“No man is an island,” wrote John Donne a few centuries ago. Of islands and men, in the tale of this journey, there are many. However, the sensation that emerges is the exact opposite of that stated by the English poet: the contemporary world seems to continually emphasise the solitude, the indifference and the diffidence of man, more preoccupied with defending the privileges he has gained than with sharing them.
September 15th, 2016 – January 8th, 2017
Foro Boario, Via Bono da Nonantola, 2, Modena, Italy
Fondazione Fotografia Modena
Fondazione Cassa di risparmio di Modena
under the patronage of
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) – Italy
Greek Embassy in Rome, Italy
Thursday, September 15th, 2016, 11 am
Thursday, September 15th, 2016, 6 pm
under the patronage of the Italian Chamber of Deputies
Wednesday – Thursday – Friday 3-7 pm
Saturday – Sunday 11 am – 7 pm
closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Lying in Between. Hellas 2016