The Dream

Refugee Crisis 2011-2016

This photographs were taken from 2011 to 2016 in Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Macedonia, Serbia, Italy, France and Greece.

"The Dream is an emotional journey through the human condition, a state of being devoid of a reference point. It wants to tell the stories, reveal the humanity and show the strength of people who are sustained by a dream to be free of war, to find safety, to recover dignity and build meaningful lives again.

Over the past five years, Fabio Bucciarelli has devoted himself to document the major conflicts in Africa and the Middle East, revealing to the world the cruelty of war and its devastating effects on the civilian population. A strong dedication that led him to witness historical events of strong importance, from the death of Gaddafi in Libya to the civilian bombing in Syria, during which Fabio took a series of harrowing images whose social value has been recognized in 2013 with the Robert Capa Gold Medal.

Since 2011, Fabio works on a long-term project focused on the consequences that conflicts have on civilians and on the largest exodus of migrants and refugees after World War II.

The search for humanity in tragedy and the focus on the  man rather than on the refugee becomes the starting point for the long journey, where the dream has become the engine of a devastating journey in search for refuge.

The Dream is a mature reflection on the universal condition of man who become a migrant, an empathic and emotional tribute to the thousands of people met during five years of committed documentation, an authorial narrative experiment set between photojournalism and art photography."

The Dream is also a book, available in a limited edition of 900 copies, plus 100 Special Edition, distributed in a “book vest” made by the refugees hosted in the pikpa camp of the Island of Lesbos, with the lifejackets used to reach Europe.

Know more about the book here.