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In the summer of 2016, hundreds of migrants, trying to reach Northern Europe through Switzerland, were blocked at the Swiss-Italian border. For nearly three months, up to 500 migrants were forced to camp in the park outside Como’s railway station, as they waited to learn their future.

Nell'estate del 2016, centinaia di migranti che cercavano di raggiungere l'Europa del Nord attraverso la Svizzera si sono ritrovati bloccati sul confine tra Italia e Svizzera. Per circa tre mesi, 500 migranti sono stati forzati a sostare nel parco all'esterno della stazione ferroviaria di Como, in attesa di conoscere il loro futuro.

This book is a compilation of images taken during the emergency by photographers Mattia Vacca and Emanuele Amighetti. It also contains a curated selection of articles published at the time of the crisis. The book reflects the events as they happened and the reaction of the city of Como, forced to face its long-forgotten status as a border town.

"Confine" means "border".

Questo libro è una raccolta di immagini scattate durante l'emergenza dai fotografi Mattia Vacca ed Emanuele Amighetti. Il volume contiene anche una selezione di articoli giornalistici pubblicati nelle settimane della crisi. Il libro riporta gli eventi del 2016 e la reazione della città di Como, costretta ad affrontare il suo status di città di confine, troppo a lungo dimenticato.

About the content

Images included in the book were originally featured on international publications. Mattia Vacca's photos have been published by Die Zeit (Germany), Corriere della Sera, La Stampa and Open Migration (Italy). His work about Como won the Premio Vergani for 2016's best Italian webdoc.  Emanuele Amighetti's work has been published by Politico Europe (Belgium), Open Migration and The Towner (Italy). His work about Como won an Award of Excellence at Society for News Design Competition

Besides original content, texts included in the book were originally published by The Towner (Italy) and Open Migration (Italy). The book is in English and Italian translations are provided.

Le fotografie incluse nel libro sono state pubblicate originariamente da diverse testate internazionali. Gli scatti di Mattia Vacca sono stati dati alle stampe da Die Zeit (Germania), Corriere della Sera, La Stampa e Open Migration (Italia). Il suo lavoro da Como ha vinto il Premio Vergani come miglior webdoc del 2016. Le immagini di Emanuele Amighetti sono state pubblicate da Politico Europe (Belgio), Open Migration e The Towner (Italia). Il suo lavoro su Como ha vinto un Award of Excellence della Society for News Design Competition.

Oltre a contenuti originali, il libro contiene anche articoli pubblicati da The Towner e Open Migration (Italia). Il libro è in lingua inglese e contiene anche traduzioni in italiano.

About us

Philip Di Salvo (editor) is a researcher and a journalist. He's currently based at Università della Svizzera italiana (Lugano, Switzerland) where he's working on his PhD on digital whistleblowing. His areas of interest include whistleblowing, Internet surveillance, military drone strikes and the relationship between hacking and journalism. He also covers these issues for Wired, Motherboard and other publications. He also works as Italian editor for The European Journalism Observatory.

Mattia Vacca (photographer) is a freelance photojournalist and a documentary photographer. He was a daily contributor for Il Corriere della Sera covering breaking news stories in Northern Italy. His first self-published photobook, A Winter’s Tale, came out in 2014. His work has been featured on New Republic, The Guardian, The Indipendent, ZEIT, France Soir, BBC, VICE, Vanity Fair, Elle Decor, Private Photoreview, L'Oeil de la Photographie, Il Corriere della Sera, La Repubblica and La Stampa among the others. He received numerous awards, including Sony World Photography Awards, Royal Photographic Society Awards, Unesco Humanity Photo Awards, Renaissance Prize, New York Photo Awards, International Photography Awards, Foto 8 Summershow and Phodar Biennial. His photographs have been exhibited in galleries and festivals worldwide. He was also a TEDx speaker.

Emanuele Amighetti (photographer)
 is a freelance documentary photographer focused on social issues and the aftermath of war. His works have been published on Wired, Vice, Politico Europe, Open Society Foundations, PDN, Lenscratch, Panorama, L'Espresso, Pagina 99, OpenMigration and Lettera 43 among the others. His photographs have been exhibited in galleries and festivals in Italy, Greece, Australia, and the UK. He was recipient of various awards including PDN Photo Annual, PX3 Prix de la Photographie, Head on Photo Festival Awards, Lenscratch Student Prize and Belfast Photo Festival. He is one of the artists exhibiting at this year's edition of Les Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles (FR) and Phodar Biennial (BG). He is one of the selected photographers to attend the Eddie Adams Workshop in October 2017.

Giovanni Marchi (visual designer) is a graphic designer and art director from Olbia, Sardinia. He collaborated with Danese Milano, Mousse Magazine and Studio Tinaa. In the last years he worked for clients such as Super Sunglasses, Swatch, Yamakawa, Viafarini, Fondazione Morra Greco. Since 2013 Giovanni works at Accurat as head of visual.

Contributors: Andrea Quadroni, Alessandro Ronchi, Luigi Mastrodonato

Open Migration is supporting this project.

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Migrants waiting to catch a train in Como's railway station (Photo by Mattia Vacca. A small printout of this image is included in the limited edition of the book)
Migrants waiting to catch a train in Como's railway station (Photo by Mattia Vacca. A small printout of this image is included in the limited edition of the book)

 

Migrants play football in Como's railway station park (Photo by Emanuele Amighetti. A small printout of this photo is included in the limited edition of the book)
Migrants play football in Como's railway station park (Photo by Emanuele Amighetti. A small printout of this photo is included in the limited edition of the book)

 

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It is our first priority to deliver the book within the announced deadline. Updates will be posted regularly in the next months. We will communicate promptly any unforeseen delay during the production of the book.

Part of the money collected with this crowdfunding campaign will be donated to a local charity assisting migrants in the city of Como.

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