19/10 - 07/01

Exodus: life and death on the Libyan route to Europe

Ricard Garcia Vilanova, Karlos Zurutuza


Winning project of the I Photographic Social Vision Grant for research photojournalism. Ricard Garcia Vilanova and Karlos Zurutuza document the current context and living conditions of thousands of refugees and migrants who survive today in Libya awaiting their opportunity to reach Europe. Following the closure of the Balkan route, and due to the migration agreement between the European Union and Turkey, Libya is the main point of concentration and departure for Europe for irregular migration from the African continent.

Karlos Zurutuza (1971) has worked as a journalist and documentarist since 2005. Over the last decade, he has covered human rights and conflict in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Syria, Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Ukraine, as well as the disputed territories of Abkhazia, Ossetia and Nagorno Karabakh in the Caucasian region.
He is a regular contributor to Al Jazeera, Vice News, Middle East Eye, Deutsche Welle and Gara, and his work has also been published by 5W, The Guardian, The Diplomat, Monocle and New Internationalist among other national and international media. He was correspondent for hidden europe magazine, covering human rights and conflict in the Balkans and the Caucasus between 2006 and 2010, and, from 2011 to 2015, he worked as a special envoy for IPS News in the north of Africa, the Middle East and Afghanistan.
For over ten years, his work has centred on ethnic and religious minorities, but his coverage also includes historical moments such as the uprisings in the Middle East and the north of Africa in 2011, and the migration crisis in the Mediterranean in 2015. He has received numerous awards and is author of the book Trípoli-Kabul (Gaumin, 2012), a journalistic chronicle in conflict zones, as well as participating in collaborative works of journalism and academia.

Ricard García Vilanova (1971) is a photojournalist known for his graphic coverage of the Syrian conflict since it began in October 2011. He started out as a freelance journalist in Africa, working for various NGOs. He currently works simultaneously in photography and video thanks to an ingenious device that allows him to hold two cameras at once, in both cases using a wide-angle lens. His work has been published by media such as Life, The New Yorker, Time, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Le Monde, Libération, Le Figaro, Paris Match, The Guardian, Die Welt, Der Spiegel, El País, El Mundo and La Vanguardia, and he has provided videos for CNN, BBC, Channel Four, PBS and Euronews. He has also collaborated with organisations such as the International Committee of the Red Cross, the United Nations and Médecins Sans Frontières.

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