Sinawi Medine

Documentary photographer
Location: Nice
Nationality: France
Biography: Grown-up in Eritrea, I began photography as a self-taught artist while working in Africa and soon moved towards photoreportage, focusing on social photography. Leaving Eritrea for political reasons, I have lived in France since 2009.  Through... MORE
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Copyright Sinawi Medine 2023
Date of Work Mar 2015 - Ongoing
Updated Jan 2022
Location Mediterranee
Topics Activism, Borders, Children, Civil Rights, Documentary, Freedom, Health/Healing, Homelessness, Human Rights, Immigration, Journalism, Migration, NGO, Oppression, Personal Projects, Photography, Photojournalism, Swimming, War and its effects, Youth
“Survivors” is a long-term documentary photography project focused on the experience of African exiles. The project rests on the belief that refugees go into exile to become, to have the opportunity to live freely, to build their future, and to participate positively in society. This investigation intends to show the ardent courage to live and to defy the common depiction of people who have become refugees.

Documenting the road to exile I have been working at different spots in the Mediterranean and on the Franco-Italian border (2015-2018) highlighting the difficulties and dangers experienced along the migratory journey, questioning how people made the choice of embarking on a path from which many disappear.
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