Do migrants have a past? do migrants have a future? or are they forever locked in the images of man on sinking boats, of women, babies in their arms, crawling under barbwire, of families waiting in line, stranded in the shadow of borders we thought had forever vanished? i have tried to see things differently. i have learned that these men and women actually had a job where they come from and dream of being able to work in europe. so when i set out to photograph a group of migrants eager to reach switzerland but blocked in the city of como, in northern italy, i decided to show them as they would have liked to be shown. dembo as a baker, osman as a bus driver, noreen as a nurse and jafar as policeman. these are just some of works they are used to do and skilled in. but dembo, osman, noreen, jafar and many others are now living in lurid tents, camping out in a small park adjacent to the city’s station in squalid conditions. these photos are their cv’s translated in images. i have borrowed the language of publicity to show what reportage cannot. these photographs are not totally real. but they should be. in order to illustrate the enormous chasm between their present and a possible future i have also done a series of still lifes of where the migrants actually sleep. it’s in the space between these two worlds that the future of europe will play out. /// you can find all the stories in my website www.gabrielegalimberti.com and instagram @gabrielegalimbertiphoto /// #migrant#migrants#job#jobs#future#cv#europe#borders#immigration#italy#salvini#matteosalvini#work#workingclassheroes
From the project first job - one’s first job is rarely forgotten. it is the beginning of adulthood, a rite of passage and a turning point. for numerous workers, only 30 years ago, the first job was often the only one, as people could remained in the same company for a lifetime, just being gradually promoted or slightly changing ones positions with seniority. in today’s scenario all is temporary, as the dream of a life position has forever vanished. usually the first job is the first of a long list that will follow. in the wake of the worst economic crises in modern history, where for many young adults there seemed to be actually no possibility for a first job at all, i explore the world of employment of today’s youth. this is a project that will be carried out in all the 5 continents where the global theme does not obscure, but actually heightens the local specificities. each one of the subjects whose portrait has been taken has an individual story that feeds into a larger narrative on how the world we live in is changing. from china to france, from brazil to the u.s. we get a personal introduction to tomorrow’s workforce /// china - dendi huo, 25 - dendi was born and raised in beijing. at the age of 16, she went to study for a year in the usa, with an exchange program. she loved being abroad and, a few months after her return to china, she decided to apply to an american university. she ended up studying business at ohio state university. two years ago, she graduated and came back to beijing.more than business, her greatest passion is art, so she started to look for a job related to that field. thanks to a friend, she got in touch with the “three shadows gallery”, the most important photography gallery in the city. “they were looking for a person with international experience. i applied for the job and i got it. now i work as a curator for the gallery”. she organizes events, shows and workshops and handles all the relationships with the artists. she works 5 days a week for 8-9 hours a day, and she gets rmb 7,000 (around usd 1,100) a month. #firstjob#job#work#china#art#exhibition
From my book in her kitchen / bisrat melake, 60 - addis ababa, ethiopia / enjera with churry and vegetables- difficulty: medium - time: 3 days (if you need to prepare the enjera), less than 2 hours if the enjera is already ready - ingredients: 1 savoy (cabbage), 10 sweet green chillies and 25 string beans, red chilli powder, 4 onions, oil, salt, pepper, cauliflower leaves, a plate of mitin shuro (yellow dried peas powder), a plate of split peas, yeast, teff flour (cereal from ethiopia) / to prepare this dish you need to cook different ingredients separately. it is the product of various recipes. the enjara, whose preparation takes 3 days, is the first thing to make: enjara: mix 1 kilo of teff flour and 1 spoon of yeast with some water until you obtain a smooth and dense dough - let it ferment for 3 days - now the dough should be much softer than when you prepared it 3 days before. add water until it becomes cream-like. use it in the same way as when you make crepes. if you have the possibility to use an ethiopian oven in ceramic (like the ones at her back in the photo), do use it! / churry (in the centre of the photo): stir fry 3 chopped onions and 10 chopped sweet chillies in some oil for a few minutes. add 3 glasses of water and let it cook for about ten minutes. then, add the split peas and the plate of mitin shuro. mix well, cover with a lid and cook on a low heat for about 30 minutes / cauliflower leaves (the dark green vegetables on the sides of the photo): boil some cauliflower leaves in water. drain and chop them and fry them in a pan with some oil, onion and salt / liquid churry (the small orange spots in the photo): fry lightly half an onion and a pinch of hot chilli powder in some oil. add 200 gr of mitin shuro and two glasses of water. cook for 20 minutes / string beans and savoy salad: slice the savoy into stripes and chop the beans. boil everything together in some water to suit your taste. drain the vegetables and put them in a pan with oil and chilli to sauté them for about ten minutes / now that all the ingredients are ready, you can place them in the dish as it is shown in the photo and serve it. #grandma#ethiopia
From my project fathers /// florence, italy – davide (42), noah (8), ian (2) -
davide is a musician and music therapist. he plays multiple instruments, but his favorite is the saxophone. he plays in a jazz group and works with people with many different types of disorders or traumas to cope with, from autistic children to groups of women who have undergone mastectomies. for each person, he designs a special treatment path and a unique musical approach. that’s one more reason why his house is full of a variety of musical instruments from all around the world. naturally, they have also become his children's playthings. for the moment, noah is exhibiting a distinct preference for the drums. david was born into an international family, and in his home the language is constantly switching between italian, french, english and hebrew. #father#fathers#music#musictherapy#firenze#fatherhood
From my project toy stories /// elias, 3 - aigle, switzerland - take a moment and think back to your childhood. the era in your life when the only thing you knew about a bill was that it was a bird’s equivalent of lips and your day job was to construct fantastical worlds with your favorite toys. in my series ‘toy stories’, i explore the connection between children and their toys and i try to give an insight into their tiny worlds and takes you on a trip down memory lane.
‘toy stories’ is the result of an 24 month round the world trip where i visited a variety of countries and cultures and took photographs of children and their toys. i would often take part in a child’s games prior to arranging the toys for the photograph.
despite some differences, i found similarities between children living worlds apart. even in different countries, some children’s toys played the same function, or example protecting them from dangers and things they feared in the night. - toys haven’t changed all that much since i was a kid. i’d often find the kind of toys i used to have, it was nice to go back to my childhood somehow. #aigle #switzerland🇨🇭 #swiss#toy#toys#play#aigle
From the project first job - one’s first job is rarely forgotten. it is the beginning of adulthood, a rite of passage and a turning point. for numerous workers, only 30 years ago, the first job was often the only one, as people could remained in the same company for a lifetime, just being gradually promoted or slightly changing ones positions with seniority. in today’s scenario all is temporary, as the dream of a life position has forever vanished. usually the first job is the first of a long list that will follow. in the wake of the worst economic crises in modern history, where for many young adults there seemed to be actually no possibility for a first job at all, i explore the world of employment of today’s youth. this is a project that will be carried out in all the 5 continents where the global theme does not obscure, but actually heightens the local specificities. each one of the subjects whose portrait has been taken has an individual story that feeds into a larger narrative on how the world we live in is changing. from china to france, from brazil to the u.s. we get a personal introduction to tomorrow’s workforce /// shyamji vishwakarma, 18 – mumbai, india - shyamji was born and raised in faizabad, uttar pradesh. for 17 years he lived in the same house with his parents, 4 brothers, and 1 sister, but he moved to mumbai a year ago. now he lives with his cousin in sangam nagar, one of the city’s biggest slums. he’s a tool sharpener. he started this job, his first job, 7 months ago. his work basically consists of sharpening scissors and knives. he starts work every day at 10 a.m. and continues until 9 p.m., with a break of two hours for lunch. he has fridays off. he gets paid on a per-day basis: 50% of whatever the shop earned that day. the daily average is between 0 and 450 rupees (7 usd). he says, “i want to learn this job in the best way possible and then i want to open my own shop.” #firstjob#job#india#mumbai#sangamnagar
From my project couchsurfing /// ratu saverio selio ralulu nasila, 20 – namaka, viti levu, the fiji islands - when i arrived at ratu's home in namaka, i found not only a couchsurfer but an entire family ready to bend over backwards for their guests. i had already had occasion to learn that hospitality is a typical trait of the fijian character, regardless of where they live or how they spend their days. ratu, his siblings and even his grandmother were living proof of this. ratu is 20 years old and recently went back to school. for years, he worked in a fresh produce market, breaking his back from dawn to dusk. however, as soon as he'd saved up enough, he enrolled in a design course. his dream is to turn the ideas of fiji's entrepreneurs into magazine advertisements, using graphic design to help the businesses on the archipelago grow. meanwhile, he shares a home with two of his five siblings on the outskirts of the capital of viti levu island. their apartment is large, with a room for each of them and one for guests, with a pleasant garden encircling it. it is a brick building, simple and sparsely furnished, but its inhabitants’ care and kindness lend it warmth.ratu, his brother, his sister and i did a lot of fun things together. we went snorkeling in one of the most beautiful seas i have ever seen (in fact, this photo was taken at the end of that day) and we went to see their grandmother, an excellent cook whom i photographed while she was grappling with a giant fish and some coconuts. after dinner one evening i even tried to dispel a myth that hovers around ratu: he's a real celebrity in the pool hall not far from his house, because apparently it's been two years since anyone has beaten him. i tried but, unsurprisingly, was unable to alter local legend. my challenge notwithstanding, natu remains the undisputed pool champion of namaka. @couchsurfing#fiji#fijiislands#hospitality#sharingeconomy#web#traveling#travels#pacificocean#island