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Animation art, 2010


The video is inspired in part to the so-called tragedy of Portopalo, which occurred in 1996 off the coast of Sicily. A sea cart full of immigrants was swallowed by the waters along with the 283 passengers. During the following days, those bodies ended up in the nets of the fishermen of Portopalo. Little by little they were hauled in like tuna and thrown back into the sea. The fishermen feared an investigation by the police, the seizure of their ships and the closing of the area to fishing. And so the town continued to pull in bodies and throw them back into the water, concealing the horrible secret that was revealed through the inquiries of a few zealous journalists.

In the video the details of that terrible event are only the point of departure of a personal journey in which there are no accusations and there are no theories. In this story of mine, the informative items are indicative of the iconography of all voyages of hope, in a Mediterranean by now a cemetery and ossuary of thousands of migrants who died in the sea. Mediterraneo is, in fact, a provocation. It was born of the mental short-circuit between the migrant body market and that of made-in-china merchandise. An innocuous, colored object becomes the symbol of the world as a large, globalized discount shop that consumes without distinction people and merchandise. The Mediterranean is the theater of a new slave trade. It is a market where bodies and merchandise are cheated, deceived, consumed and thrown back into the sea.


Berlin International Directors Lounge - 2012

Festival of Migrants Films, Slovenia - 2012

Concept, art direction, animation, editing - Francesca Fini


Festival of Migrants Film interview - open link

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