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"Confine": how the Como S. Giovanni train station became a refugee camp

Due migranti in attesa di un treno per la Svizzera alla stazione S. Giovanni di Como nell'estate del 2016. Foto: Mattia Vacca
Due migranti in attesa di un treno per la Svizzera alla stazione S. Giovanni di Como nell'estate del 2016. Foto: Mattia Vacca

Institutional Communication Service

14 May 2018

In the summer of 2016, over 500 migrants were blocked at the border between Italy and Switzerland; in a matter of days, the park in front of the Como S. Giovanni train station was transformed into an improvised refugee camp. The Institute for Media and Journalism at USI (Faculty of Communication Sciences) and Amnesty International Switzerland will present, on Wednesday, May 23 (6PM, room A11, Lugano campus), Confine (“Border”), a book documenting that situation, produced by journalist and USI researcher Philip Di Salvo, together with photo reporters Mattia Vacca (USI alumnus) and Emanuele Amighetti, and graphic designer Giovanni Egeo Marchi. 

The book, which includes shots, texts and digital visualizations, recounts those days and explores the concept of "border" in a hybrid way, combining photography, journalism and design. In addition to Philip Di Salvo and Mattia Vacca, the round table discussion will be attended by Chiara Guerzoni (Amnesty International Switzerland), under the moderation of Sara Sermini (USI Institute of Italian Studies). Published by Delicious Editions, Confini was printed thanks to the funds raised with a crowdfunding campaign.