The art installation "Acqua passata" | Credit: ANSA
The art installation "Acqua passata" | Credit: ANSA

An art installation titled "Acqua Passata¿" in Palermo, Italy, is dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Lampedusa migrant shipwreck on October 3, 2013 - as well as all 18,000 migrants who have died in the Mediterranean since then.

A variety of people with different stories, ethnicities, and nationalities took part in the opening of a new art installation in Palermo, Italy, in memory of migrants this Tuesday. 

From a young man in Gambia with his girlfriend, to a young Tunisian woman smiling from behind her veil, to a well-known entertainer, from a priest, to an Iranian singer - many different people were present at the opening of "Acqua Passata¿" (an Italian expression for "water under the bridge" or "things of the past", which literally translates to "passed water"). The event commemorated the over 360 victims of a October 3, 2013 migrant shipwreck off the coast of Lampedusa, as well as all other migrant deaths at sea.

A surreal installation

The installation consists of a wooden boat with a giant-size table football on the front. It was created by Palermo artist Cesare Inzerillo. On the boat, Inzerillo put up portraits of migrants at a reception centre.

Gianfranco Miccichè, president of the Federico II Foundation and president of the Sicilian Regional Assembly (ARS), spoke of theexhibition as a way to remember both those who died and those who survived. "We are here to commemorate the 18,000 people who have died in the Mediterranean since 2013. We are here to celebrate those who made it and are now living well-integrated," Miccichè said. 

Art in memory of deaths in the Mediterranean

The general director of the Federico II Foundation, Patrizia Monterosso, said the exhibition aimed to combat indifference. "There are no useless or wasted living things that humanity can do without," Monterosso. "The need for order in our lives risks simplifying the phenomenon of migration and the deaths of thousands of men, women, and children, by applying a schematic on belonging and exclusion, useful lives and superfluous lives. By so doing, the problem of migration... becomes even more tragic, because it places us in the position of indifferent spectators faced with an ever-continuing number of deaths."

 

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