Exodus | By Nicolò Filippo Rosso

Exodus | By Nicolò Filippo Rosso In Latin America, lack of job opportunities, limited access to education, and political corruption have persisted for generations, fueling cycles of violence and di…

As I documented migrants’ journeys, I kept in mind the diversity of reasons that push each population to emigrate. Still, I also understood how the political persecutions, the impunity, and the problematic access to primary rights such as food and healthcare broadly affect Latin America’s societies, provoking mass migrations across the continent.  Decades of civil war, endemic poverty, or violence make it hard for migrants to find better conditions than those they are fleeing.

Nicolò Filippo Rosso - LOBA

Over the last five years, the Italian photographer (born 1985) spent periods of weeks and months in La Guajira, a Colombian peninsula that is home to the indigenous Wayúu people. Border struggles, a lack of water, poverty, coal mining in the middle of a desert, being a transit point for migrants and smugglers; all give rise to the toughest of living conditions.

Perspective | Forgotten in the dust of northern Colombia

An immersion photographer has spent much of the past two years with the Wayuu.

Italian photographer Nicolò Filippo Rosso first told me about his work in the Guajira when I met him in Colombia a couple of years ago. He wore a dusty leather jacket and a dirty backpack and told me he’d been sleeping in the desert and living on rancid goat meat for the past week. I bought him a salad and a cheeseburger.