‘Sudeuropa’ an image work on the spatial materialisation of immigration policies on Lampedusa

Sudeuropa (Raphaël Cuomo and Maria Iorio, 2005-07)

In the opening section of the day, Journeys, we will feature Sudeuropa (2005-07), a moving image work by Raphaël Cuomo and Maria Iorio which charts the spatial materialisation of European and Italian immigration policies on the island of Lampedusa. Portraying the everyday life of several immigrant workers in the tourism economy, it simultaneously engages with the media re/presentation of the ‘immigrant threat’: the capture, detention and deportation of undocumented migrants. Focussing on the airport and the port, the film superimposes the circulation of tourists and goods with the stories of deportation and failed journeys. Voices of one of the authors and a man who changed his Arabic name to Paolo (to avoid the everyday racism of the island) weave these various loose threads together.

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One Response to ‘Sudeuropa’ an image work on the spatial materialisation of immigration policies on Lampedusa

  1. Pingback: Full list of films screened at the #UCL Urban Migration Film Festival and Symposium | Urban Migration Films

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