Dario Bosio grew up in the town of Ventimiglia, in Northern Italy, close to the France border. He remembers going skateboarding in Nice in the afternoon when he was a teenager, without paying attention to the fact that he was crossing into another country. It wasn’t until last year, that he decided to go back to Ventimiglia, realizing that the same border had become a focal point of the migratory route that thousands of people from Africa and the Middle East were taking in order to reach France or the UK.
Since 2014, French authorities have tighten up security at the border, pushing back the many migrants who were trying to smuggle themselves into the country, creating a bottleneck situations. Hundreds of migrants are now stranded in the river and streets of Ventimiglia, as they wait for their chance to make it through the border, be it through the help of smugglers or by walking on narrow and perilous mountain paths at night. Many of them lose their life in the attempt.
Since early 2017, Bosio has been conducting ethnographic fieldwork with the migrants stuck in Ventimiglia, trying to understand the ways in which they maintain a sense of agency in spite of the forced stop on the route. Bosio created a visual narrative that break with the stereotypical representation of the migrant and avoid any visual representation of the “emergency” lexicon. In the same way it is an attempt to raise questions rather than provide the viewer with finite answers.
Who? Dario Bosio
Docking November 20 - December 10
Working on Of hopes and borders
About stranded migrants in Ventimiglia, Italy
Dario holds BA in Journalism and a MA in Visual Anthropology and followed 'Photography and Documentary Making' at the Danish School of Journalism. In the past years, he has collaborated with some of the most respected institutions in documentary photography, including interning at NOOR Images and working at 10b Photography and Metrography.
In 2015, while working as the photo-editor of Metrography in Iraq, he co-produced the webdocumentary 'Map of Displacement’.
He has collaborated with some of the most distinguished media outlets in the world (including TIME, Conde Nast, Internazionale, Politiken, British Journal of Photography, RSI among others) and NGOs.
In 2016 he co-founded DARST, a nomadic art studio for documentary projects.