In 2016, the number of people who left Italy was notably higher than the number of migrants arrived on its coasts. About 285,000 Italians packed up and went abroad in search of better opportunities; this number exceeds at least of 100,000 units the number of migrants who came to Italy during the same period of time.
Nowadays we are used to see images about migrants through the media. They all look quite the same and are often treated barely like numbers. Refusing representations and commonplaces based on pain and misery, No promised land aims to give back a story and a face to those numbers, by witnessing an otherwise invisible aspect of the events related to modern migrations. It is something very different from what we are used to see.
Carried out in Veneto, a key region in the northern Italy, this project aims to show for the first time the close connection between physical space and daily life in the reception structures, as well as between architecture and migrations. It is a photographic project that, through a large number of facilities, creates a visual narrative in which each building is a chapter of a story reproducing the unknown reality of the “reception system” for migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.