The Human Cargo


by Chiara Criniti.


The Human Cargo (original title in Italian, La tonnellata umana) is the term defining the mass of Italian migrants packed in horrendous conditions onto the boats traveling to Latin America at the beginning of the 20th century. My artwork, depicted on recycled packaging paper, is inspired by the dramatic issue of migration in various ages and countries: starting at the beginning of the 20th century with the migration of Italian peasants to Latin America, passing through the great migration from Albania to Italy in the 1990s, ending with today’s tragic arrival of refugees from northern Africa. The sea is the common thread binding all these generations of very different people, running away from poverty, the atrocities of wars and hunger. The work is divided into three sections from left to right: 1. Ship, 2. Vlora, 3. Lampedusa

Materials: Mixed media on recycled wrapping paper and pages from an old atlas (graphite, pastels, collage). Measurements: 243.5 x 58 cm.

Limited Edition Fine Art prints stand out for their high-quality specs, for durability compared with standard digital printing. Chiara Criniti’s limited edition fine art prints are printed on the following hi-specs paper: natural white, smooth and matte Hahnemühle Bamboo paper, 90% Bamboo fibre and 10% cotton, 290 gsm with white border. Each Limited Edition Fine Art print is numbered, stamped and signed by the artist.

Open edition high-resolution prints of the original artwork are printed on premium 200 gsm A3 paper with white border.

NB: Border widths will vary depending on the original picture size/aspect ratio.

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