A Wall In Between

Walls – literally and figurative – are a prominent part of today’s global landscape. In fact, there are almost 70 walls across the world today which no longer divide different ideologies, but the rich from the poor: in 1989, the year of the fall of the Berlin Wall, there were 15.

To explore our modern fixation with border walls, I have been travelling along the route of the irregular migrants, going along the frontier between Mexico and Guatemala up to the heavily politicized border between Mexico and the U.S to document the dangerous journey of the irregular migrants that end up at the wall, that stops their “American Dream”. From 2000 to today, according to IOM more than 6,000 migrants have lost their lives trying to cross this border. A Wall In Between is an ongoing project.

Alessandro Grassani

Introduction

“This is my personal aspiration: to leave my own testimony in the constant search of that perfect combination between beauty and truth we call art.”

Grassani’s work focuses mainly on long terms documentary projects in which he explores the consequences of climate change, war, and their aftermath on society.

He has been working in Iran, Israel and the Palestinian Territories but in 2011 he began a new long-term project called, “Environmental migrants: the last illusion” documenting around the world the life of the people forced to migrate because of climate changes and with no alternative to the illusion of a better life in the city. 

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