UNHCR supports photographic project – Islelanders

Photographs can offer unique perspectives and raise awareness more effectively than any collection of facts and statistics. History has shown that even a single image can contribute to altering perceptions and bring about change.

© UNHCR/Darrin Zammit Lupi

UNHCR is supporting Islelanders, a photographic project launched by award-winning photojournalist Darrin Zammit Lupi, documenting the lives of asylum seekers and migrants through and after their journey across the Mediterranean Sea. His work has featured extensively in national media as well as in a range of international publications.

The project will be implemented throughout this year, exploring the impact of artistic photography as it is shared with the general public on both online and offline platforms.

The Islelanders project commenced in February 2014 with the launch of an online photo collection, www.islelanders.com, supported by several social media platforms. New photos will be added to the collection every week, presenting people and issues as captured through the lens.

The project will culminate in a photographic exhibition at the Upper Galleries, St James Cavalier in December 2014, accompanied by the publication of a large-scale hardcover photobook, spanning more than a decade of boat arrivals in Malta.

The project is supported by the Malta Arts Fund and Avantech Ltd, local agents for Canon.

“Through his photography Darrin is bringing attention to human stories that could otherwise be lost behind statistics and politics. UNHCR is proud to support this initiative which aims to connect with people in Malta and beyond.”

– Jon Hoisaeter, UNHCR Representative to Malta.

More images and information on the project is available on www.islelanders.com

Lead picture: Mohammed Ilmi Adam, a 17-year-old Somali would-be immigrant, looks out of a window on a police bus after arriving at the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) Maritime Squadron base at Haywharf in Marsamxett Harbour early July 10, 2013. Sixty-eight African immigrants were rescued by the AFM, 70 nautical miles south of Malta from a vessel in distress while trying to reach European soil from Africa, according to army sources.

picture: Maltese people swim in the sea as migrants wait to disembark from a dinghy in Birzebbugia July 27, 2008. Ninety-five would-be immigrants were intercepted by the Armed Forces of Malta two miles off the island and escorted to shore while on their way to reach European soil from Africa, authorities sai