Linosa is an island just 5.5 square kilometers large, located 160 km from Sicily and 145 km from Tunisia. It can be only reached by sea in 8 hours ferry from the town of Porto Empedocle in Sicily. Alternatively it can be reached from the neighbour island of Lampedusa, with a 2 hours ferry. No doubt it is the “most isolated island of Italy”.
I realised that the young people of the island live their community with a continuous sense of splitted personality: on one hand they want to move away to live a normal life, on the other hand they strongly want to remain there to keep their relations with family.
Isolation worsens year after year and has a negative impact on the overall island economy. Some years ago the old pier has been closed due to safety reasons and the ships must now dock in the new pier, which is hard to reach on rough seas, tipically from October to March. This situation can stop any communication for days.
As a consequence everyone, youngers mostly, live waiting for the three summer months when the island is full of tourists and the connections with Sicily are more stable.
I took these pictures in Linosa in the low season, and I self-published a book with this project.
I was born in Italy, in 1983.
I studied Civil Engineering, but at the end of it I realized that I would prefer to tell what was around me, rather than to modify it with works of engineering. So I started to photograph stories with a particular focus on historical research and the interaction of man and landscape.
In 2017 I’ve studied photojournalism at Fondazione Marangoni in Florence, with Collettivo Terraproject.
© text and pictures by Luana Rigolli