Non Ho Paura del Mare [I’m Not Afraid of the Sea]
Created by Michele Quadri
Contributed by Wilmarie Rosado Pérez, 2018
Courtesy of the artist
Keywords: #apriamoiporti, Sea, #RefugeesWelcome
Currently my investigation is about poetry dealing with themes and tropes related to migration and exile, such as displacement, alienation, citizenship, national identity, and belonging, among others. In many ways, but through a different artistic means, this image addresses the same topics.
The image shows a colorful mural made collectively by a group of people participating in the European project Atlas of Transition. The image refers to recent events in which the Italian ports were closed to a rescue ship Acquarius with 630 migrants on board. The piece makes us reflect on how the sea can be perceived as an open space that could connect countries, but instead, it has evolved into a place of permanent conflict in which not everyone is allowed to transit freely or to arrive in an equal manner to their destination.