Isle Landers (exhibition)

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Isle Landers is a photographic art project ten years in the making by photojournalist Darrin Zammit Lupi of Times of Malta and Reuters, documenting the lives of asylum seekers and migrants through and after their journey across the Mediterranean Sea.

Since 2002, more than 19,000 individuals have reached Malta by crossing the Mediterranean on rickety vessels. Several hundred thousand people have arrived in Italy during the same period. Many others were much less fortunate. During the last decade, thousands of men, women and children have lost their lives as their rickety vessels succumbed to the sea. To date, in 2014 alone, more than 3,000 people have perished in the Mediterranean, victims of a cynical smuggling and trafficking industry that continues to exploit desperate people on the move.

Together with its accompanying book, the exhibition covers everything from rescues at sea, life in detention camps, right through to refugees being permanently resettled in the U.S. and continental Europe.

The project is supported by the Malta Arts Fund, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Avantech – Canon, Ernst & Young Malta Limited, M.Demajo Group, Frank Salt, APS Bank and Photo INK.


Isle Landers Exhibition in Spazju Kreattiv
  • 3rd September to 28th September 2018: The work was featured in the Id-Dinja M'Għadiex Ċatta (The World Is No Longer Flat) at the European Court of Auditors, Luxembourgref></ref>;
  • 21st January to 26th February 2017: exhibited at Centre Culturel de Rencontre Abbaye de Neumünster, Luxembourg[1];
  • 1st April to 1st May 2016: exhibited at the Photo de Mer festival in Vannes[2];
  • 29th August to 13rd September 2015: exhibited at the Visa pour l’Image International photojournalism festival, considered to be one of the most important and prestigious festivals of photojournalism in the world[3];
  • 22nd August to 20 September 2015: exhibited at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale (BIFB), a month-long festival of contemporary Australian and international photography[4];
  • 22nd June to 17th July 2015: exhibition funded by the Foreign Affairs Ministry, formed part of the celebration commemorating 50 years of Malta’s membership of the CoE[5];
  • 6th December 2014 to 4th January 2015: The work was first exhibited as part of Zammit Lupi's Isle Landers exhibition, held at Spazju Kreattiv.

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