8 Aug 2017 2017 CONTAINER

A long-term reportage on the hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants who have attempted to cross the central Mediterranean over the past two decades, centred around the tiny island of Malta, caught right in the middle of the migration route, between Libya and Italy.

Featuring: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Presented by

Arts Council Malta in New York


Despite traveling widely, it is in his own backyard that photographer Darrin Zammit Lupi has done what he believes is his most important work, documenting the plight and tragedy of the boat people trying to reach European shores from Africa.

“I try to document the migration story in a way that works from an aesthetic and artistic point of view — not to make pretty pictures, but to make them more emotionally compelling and eye catching, whilst always sticking religiously to the truth and authenticity of the situation before me.”

“Does that mean I have to be totally objective and impartial, or neutral in the face of what is a very controversial and divisive issue throughout the Western world? Dante, in his ‘Inferno,’ wrote, ‘The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis’.”

“We cannot forget that these migrants are fellow citizens in an unequal world.”


Darrin Zammit Lupi was born in Malta in 1968. He joined the Times of Malta in late 1996, where he remained until late 2016. He has been a Reuters contractor since 1997. A regular award winner at the Malta Journalism Awards, he was also named Overall Photographer of the Year for 2016 by The Societies in UK.

Since 1998, he has been documenting the migration story in the central Mediterranean, publishing “Isle Landers” (2014), a book of his work on irregular immigration and asylum seekers. The works have been shown at various venues around the world, including the Visa Pour l’Image Festival of Photojournalism in Perpignan, France, and the Ballarat International Foto Biennale in Australia.

His work for Reuters has been published in newspapers, magazines, books and online worldwide, featuring in publications such as TIME, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Paris Match, Geo, Der Spiegel and others. He holds a Masters Degree with Distinction in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from the University of the Arts, London.

He has been invited to speak about his work and experiences regarding migration in Malta, the UK, Belgium, Australia and the US.


Arts Council Malta (ACM) is Malta’s National Public Agency committed to championing and investing in the cultural and creative sectors. ACM fosters cultural exchange through transnational cultural co-operations, collaborations, partnerships and networks. ACM in New York promotes and supports Maltese arts and culture in the US.