Bird in Flight Prize ‘19

Bird in Flight Prize ‘19 Finalists: Passengers

Project by Spanish photographer Cesar Dezfuli shortlisted for Bird in Flight Prize ‘19.

Cesar Dezfuli, Spain

On August 1st, 2016, 118 migrants were rescued from a rubber boat drifting in the Mediterranean Sea. In an attempt to put names and faces to this reality, I portrayed the 118 of them minutes after their rescue. Their faces, their looks, the marks on their body, reflected the mood and physical state in which they were after a long journey that had already marked their lives forever.

But I soon understood that the people I had portrayed lacked a real identity. They were not themselves, but the result of a long journey during which their identity had been diluted in the mass, hidden by themselves for fear of the environment or stolen based on abuses and humiliations…

During the last three years I have worked to locate the 118 passengers of that boat, today scattered throughout Europe, to understand and document their real identity, with the aim of showing that in those individuals, there were latent identities, which only needed a peaceful context to flourish again.

22401_Passengers
Saidou. Guinea Conakry (1992)
Left – 1 August 2016 (Mediterranean sea – Libya). Right – 23 June 2019 (Italy)
Passengers. Author: CESAR DEZFULI
Blaise. Senegal
Left – 1 August 2016 (Mediterranean sea – Libya). Right – 25 January 2019 (Italy)
Passengers. Author: CESAR DEZFULI
Bacar. Senegal (1983)
Left – 1 August 2016 (Mediterranean sea – Libya). Right – 19 June 2018 (Italy)
22404_Passengers
Abdul. Sierra Leone (1998)
Left – 1 August 2016 (Mediterranean sea – Libya). Right – 24 June 2018 (Italy)
Passengers. Author: CESAR DEZFULI
Mohamed. Senegal (2003)
Left – 1 August 2016 (Mediterranean sea – Libya). Right – 10 February 2019 (Italy)
Passengers. Author: CESAR DEZFULI
Ablje. Senegal (1999)
Left – 1 August 2016 (Mediterranean sea – Libya). Right – 29 April 2018 (Italy)
Passengers. Author: CESAR DEZFULI
Alpha. Guinea Conakry (1999)
Left – 1 August 2016 (Mediterranean sea – Libya). Right – 8 February 2019 (Italy)
Passengers. Author: CESAR DEZFULI
Oumar. Guinea Conakry (1999)
Left – 1 August 2016 (Mediterranean sea – Libya). Right – 19 January 2019 (Italy)
imgonline-com-ua-Compressed-360jrqZlZPuzzgXR
Ousman. Guinea Conakry (1996)
Left – 1 August 2016 (Mediterranean sea – Libya). Right – 3 May 2019 (Italy)
imgonline-com-ua-Compressed-pzOvQ2ZJpf3Yx66
Malick. Gambia (1998)
Left – 1 August 2016 (Mediterranean sea – Libya). Right – 26 June 2019 (Italy)

New and best

232

439

158
11

Read more