Geographically closer to Africa yet politically a part of Italy, Lampedusa is a bottleneck for refugees on the way to Europe and a crystallization point of their hopes for a better life. The Mediterranean island has come to be synonymous with migration and tragedies at sea. This is the image that dominates in the media. But how does actual life take place?
In his black-and-white photo series “Lipadusa,” the young Italian photographer Calogero Cammalleri (b. 1993), who grew up in Germany, traces the original character of the island, turning his focus to a Lampedusa that is sometimes mundane and rough, sometimes lively and cheerful and sometimes dreamy and other-worldly.
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