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15.09.2014

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For two years Gianfranco Tripodo devoted his photography practice to the theme of migration in the southernmost border of Europe. He started to trace the path that many migrants have covered to reach the two Spanish exclaves of Ceuta and Melilla, two cities located on the coast of North Africa surrounded by Morocco. Because of their unique geographical location, both of them have become over the years a major staging post for thousands of Africans migrants that try to reach the European soil. This pictures are showing the situation for the people inside Ceuta's reception camp for refugees CETI (Centros de Estancia Temporal de Inmigrantes).
Armel from Cameroon during an Easter procession
The courtyard of the camp is the main meeting point
The time between meals passes very slowly
Waiting for a new life
Zacharia is from Guinea. The 28 year-old is also looking for a future in distant lands
The little gym of the camp is a welcome change
A group of guests are praying in the courtyard of the centre. Many of them are Muslim.
A group of students during the Spanish language class provided by the administration
An old draughts board provides distraction for a while
Andre was a professional musician in Cameroon. Here he is playing with friends from Ivory Coast
A lack of prospects and boredom reign in the camps. Most of the refugees can not look for a job because they are not given work permits

Gianfranco Tripodo

Gianfranco Tripodo was born in Manila in 1981, and grew up in Italy. While studying media sciences and drawing in Bologna, he was also a member of Cesura, a collective of photographers headed by Magnum photographer Alex Majoli. After graduating, he went to Spain where he took part in the Reflexions Masterclass for contemporary photography between 2009 and 2011. Tripodo currently lives in Madrid and is represented by the Contrasto Agency.

www.gianfrancotripodo.com
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