Happy Days, Ferria
The phenomenon of migration is one of the major events of our time.
For several years now, scenes of overcrowded boats and rivers of fleeing people have become a dramatic ordinariness, in what is a humanitarian problem still far from being solved.
My Work was born as a personal investigation, a research to understand more, to really experience something about these people, to know the faces overwhelmed by suffering.
Happy days, Ferria closely follows the life after trip, the arrival in a refugee center in Italy, the moment to take a breath, to start again.
These photographs want to be a hymn to rebirth, the indirect manifesto of an increasingly blurred and distorted equality.
Over a year of work, all I was expecting to find was definitely different than what I found.
I saw a diary of quiet days, a secret story of serenity, selfies and celebrations.
I saw eyes that say ‘I’m here,