Portraits and stories of Abdulhai, Adama, Ahmad, Ahmad, Aman, Ariam, Azeeza, David Joseph, Fatuma, Haniyeh, Ilya, Jamal, Joy, Khaled, Manal, Maram, Marwa, Milan, Mohamed, Mohammad Nour, Mohammed, Muhamed, Paul, Said, Salwa, Sardar, Tresor, Wuyeh and Yakouba.
I made this project thanks to the collaboration of the refugees and asylum seekers hosted in the SPRAR projects of the Province of Potenza and the Municipality of Matera, San Chirico and Grottole runned by the City of Peace for Children Basilicata, the Social Cooperative il Sicomoro and ARCI Basilicata.
On the first day, I met some of you at Matera accompanied by your Italian teacher. I remember you well, Joy, as you came up to me with your one-year-old baby, asleep in the buggy. You were the first to show trust in me with your Nigerian tale…. Time passed by, I listen to your words, I recorded and edited them; here, in this slide-show, there is only a short phrase to suggest your stories which are now published in a book at the side of your portrait. I immersed myself in your tales, became involved, tried to understand and constantly ask myself: what if my children were among you? What if someone I love were among you? What if I had been among you? What if anyone were among you?
I would like to thank all of you, for your stories, for the experiences I tried to imagine through your words, for your presence captured in the photos. I would also like to thank those who enabled me to meet you and who will read your stories and look at you, in an attempt to imagine and understand who each one of you is, who we are.