MarePlurale is a huge photomosaic, the result of a participatory workshop where migrants, refugees and asylum seekers acted as photographers. The workshop was held in Trieste (IT) with the support of I.C.S. (Italian Consortium of Solidarity) and Fondazione Caritas Diocesana, the organisations running the local reception facilities where the participants are hosted. The photomosaic is made of 4.624 pictures, taken on the seaside of the city of Trieste (Italy), between 2016 and 2017.
The project was conceived by photographer Elio Germani, who coordinated and supervised the participants at every stage of the project, from the shooting sessions to the installation of the photomosaic.
Participants: Ullah Hafiz, Iqbal Zarmal, Alan Amini, Khan Gul, Rabar Sherzad, Khan Muhammad Asif, Afzal Shahid, Abdulaziz Dorani, Egson Gashi, Gulbadin Stanikzai, Giulio Zeriali, Hayat Yasir, Kamran Malikzada, Khan Suliman, Ahmad Shakil, Waqar Hussein, Elvira Shema, Verona Shema, Jarrar Syed, Athar Syed, Omar Naqibullah e Joseph Chand.
This collective artwork was conceived with a double purpose: recalling on the one hand the historically open, diverse and cosmopolitan spirit of the Mediterranean; and on the other hand, drawing attention to the appalling number of people who died in the attempt to cross the Mediterranean to reach European shores: 5,143 in 2016 – year when the project was first carried out. Deaths reach 3,116 in 2017 and 1,511 feared drowned so far in 2018.