Sheep magazine Archive 2: issues 10-17

AlfRodchenko

Lefty online magazine: issue 10, May 2016 to issue 17, November 2016

WEST AFRICA NOTES

WHILE THE WEST LOOKS THE

OTHER WAY

1. CRUEL SEA: ANOTHER MIGRANT-REFUGEE SAGA

From an article by Saeed Taji Farouky, 2007 [and still happening]

The photographer, Juan Medina, based in the Canary Islands, has been

documenting one of the world’s busiest and deadliest illegal immigration

routes. Up to 1,000 immigrants a week leave Africa’s west coast hoping

to reach the Canary Islands and EU territiry. Hundreds are detained

every week in Spanish centres and dozens more drown in unseaworthy,

overcrowded boats.

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Medina’s images tell of a man who has been following this story for

years. His most striking photographs avoid the obvious dramatic

moments – the pile of dead, anonymous bodies on an otherwise pristine

beach – that have become symbolic of this endlessly repeating tragedy.

Instead, his impact lies in looking at what happens when the world of

the illegal immigrant collides with the world of the coast guard, the Red

Cross worker or the tourist. In one image, a crowd of tourists, camped on

one of the island’s famous beaches stares, motionless, at a pair of dead

bodies. In another image, a group of tourists – ageing and naked except

for swimming trunks – carries the body of an immigrant on a stretcher.

NOVEMBER 2016

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