Marsa Allāh, Harbor of God
Marsa Allāh, Harbor of God is a question mark, a means of understanding my relationship with my homeland, challenging my sense of belonging. What drive me back here and simultaneously force me to imagine my own life away from here? Although the answers might appear obvious, the idea of fighting for one’s land or rather embracing migration, remain an open debate in my personal life, which set myself either as an insider and an external observer.
This series suggests an insight into the contemporary social and cultural landscape of the Western corner of Sicily, the bottom of the European continent. It tries to merge different aspects coexisting on this tip of the Mediterranean island, showing the changing face of a culture that holds tight to its traditions and narrow attitudes.
Religion, migration and an overlooked territory are blent in what appears to be an ungoverned region, which finds hope and redemption in divine assistance. The theatrical features embedded in the Sicilian folklore find expression through its religious celebrations. The vibrant culture has allowed a dignified shelter for migrants, although the close mindset does not ease a real integration. The landscape lays in a state of decay, the inhabitants acknowledge and praise its beauty, however lacking respect and protection towards it. Illegal development, corruption and the hand of Mafia on the most profitable businesses are some of the factors that obstruct the advancement of what could be the richest land.