MarePlurale is a huge photomosaic, the result of a participatory workshop where newcomers acted as photographers.
The workshop was held in Trieste (IT) with the support of I.C.S. and Fondazione Caritas, the organisations running the local reception facilities which hosted the participants. The photomosaic is made of 4.624 pictures, taken on the seaside of the city of Trieste, between 2016 and 2017.
The project was conceived by photographer Elio Germani, who supervised every stage of the project. 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 and Joseph Chand.
This collective artwork was conceived with a double purpose: recalling the historically open, cosmopolitan spirit of the Mediterranean and drawing attention to the appalling number of people who died in the attempt to cross the Mediterranean to reach European shores: more then 5,000 in 2016 – year when the project was first carried out. Deaths reach 3,116 in 2017 and 2,160 feared drowned so far in 2018. (Source: UNHCR)