Following last year's experience with the Sicilian "Presidi," two professional photographers, Carlo Bevilacqua and Pietro Motisi, will work with the immigrants who live around the Calabrian Presidia of Oppido Mamertina - Palmi and Crotone. In addition, thanks to the renewed collaboration with the diocesan Caritas of Noto and Ragusa, we will continue to share and exhibit the works by Martina Della Valle and Maria Vittoria Trovato, developed in Pachino (province of Siracusa) and Marina di Acate (province of Ragusa). A series of events in the territories that host the two Sicilian "Presidi" will keep the dialogue alive with the local communities.
Last year Caritas Italiana enthusiastically welcomed our initiative, which is also an educational reflection, to represent the normality and fatigue of these people who, despite living on the margins of our communities, are an active part of the development and the growth of our territories. The prevailing narrative regarding these people is often reduced to tragedies at sea, the phenomenon of exploitation in agriculture, to distrust. The goal is to create opportunities for exchange with these people who contribute with their faces and stories to the photographic projects that tell the daily lives of immigrants living and working in our territories.
Media reports mainly focused on the negative aspects of migration. In today's present, increasingly full of complex challenges, almost in a mission logic, we wish to represent the everyday life of these people and to meet a more harmonious future in which one must no longer do without peaceful coexistence with the diversity of the world's inhabitants.
Since 2014, through the "Presidio" Project (distributed in 18 areas of the country, especially in the regions of Southern Italy), Italian Caritas with the local Dioceses has been committed to assisting rural workers through a system of territorial assistance for their legal, health and working situation. They also helped them integrate into the communities they live in, overcoming thus their marginally.