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Nicoló Filippo Rosso | Mexico

A man runs holding his daughter in his arms, trying to hide from the Guatemalan police in Vado Hondo, Guatemala on January 18th, 2021.

Two months after Hurricanes Eta and Iota hit Central America, leaving 4.5 million victims of flooding and mudslides, 11 thousand people gathered in San Pedro Sula's city, starting the first migrants' caravan of the year directed to the U.S. 2021 started with one of the most significant migration waves of the last decade and a difficult challenge for the new United States' administration of President Joe Biden.
The migrants’ crossing through gang-controlled areas, deserts, and jungles is made even harder by the pandemic. International aid is scant, and many migrants’ shelters and charity refectories closed their doors to avoid contagion.
Following the migrants’ caravan, thousands of people have reached Mexico, walking along its southern border, the migration routes of the Gulf of Mexico, and the northern border with the United States and seek asylum. However, hundreds of families are expelled and returned to Mexico. Their asylum claims are denied with arguments based on Title 42, a US statute that allows the expulsion of migrants from a country where a virus such as Covid-19 is present.

I am an Italian documentary photographer based in Colombia. I graduated with a degree in Literature at the Universitá Degli Studi Di Torino, in Italy.
Photographing in Latin America is often about witnessing stories of trauma, inequality, and injustices that have shattered the region for generations. I chose to tell stories of abandoned communities, mass migration crises, conflict, and climate change. Since 2018, after a few editorial assignments documenting the Venezuelan migration in Colombia, I decided to work on that historical phenomenon personally. Spending weeks and months along the migration routes, I understood that the migrants I was photographing should be the focus of my next projects as well. By 2021 I decided to expand my project also to other regions of the American continent, starting with Central America, and Mexico. Migrations represent a human condition of our time, and although I focus on those in Latin America, families worldwide are escaping wars, inequality, poverty, natural disasters, and totalitarian regimes. Black and white photography dispels the distractions of the details revealed by the color. Raising our attention to people's feelings leads us to a subtler reflection on what it means to leave home and look for survival forcibly, as well as fear an invisible threat such as a virus that has put the world on hold.

Nicoló Filippo Rosso

www.nicolofilipporosso.com

nico.filipporosso@gmail.com

Whatsapp: +573117724752

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