Conflict, Post-Conflict, Refugees
Middle East, Central Asia, Balkanic Area
Giacomo Sini, born in Italy on 1989, graduated in social sciences at the University of Pisa on January 2014. Giacomo, while studing, has spent the last eight years of his life traveling between Europe, Central Asia, Middle East, Near East, the Balkans, North Africa and the Caucasus, touching some areas crossed today as in the past, by numerous conflicts. Countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, Palestine, Georgia, Ukraine, Lebanon, Kurdistan and Syria have left their mark on his personality.
On last years (2011-2015) thanks to some travels around Near east, he took the decision to going on the boundery lines bewteen Syria and neighboring countries, analyzing the civil conflict from the point of view of the fugitives and locals.
In these last travels he also share some stories with the kurdish community for which he has always had a great interest.
Particularly he followed the siege of Kobane city on 2014 with its consequences regarding refugees situation in Kurdish territories inside Turkey.
In March 2015 after one year of work about the situation of refugees, entered inside Kobane, one month after its complete liberation. The situations observed, meetings and listen to some stories, grow inspiration in Giacomo that has begun to enrich his passion for photography and writing, focusing his attention on the memories of people's life encountered in some different social situations and conflics zones crossed in his paths.
During one of his last trips between Europe and the Middle East has developed his passion for photojournalism, video and written documentary attempting to document the haunted train ride of
central Asian workers from Moscow to Tashkent,
the Uzbek Mahalla internal life, the situation of the Syrian refugees informal camps in Lebanon and the life of the Chechen root's "Kist" minority in the Pankisi valley in Georgia.
One of his last trips saw him cross overland Estonia and some areas of the western and southern Russia, ending up in Central Asia, then going to a good part of the Middle East and Near East, ranging from Iran, Kurdistan until Turkey, Caucasus and Balkans.
Today Giacomo through his images look to closely observe the various international's political social situation, reading through the eyes of those who suffer its continue changeable consequences .
With the passing of years and experiences in difficult contexts, Giacomo has remained more impressed by the determination of the peoples of the Middle East to whome he developed a deep love which now lead him to go there more often, deciding Istanbul as his city of living for next years.
In 2015 has taken part on the master in Photojournalism at "Officine Fotografiche Roma". Here he was chosen to expose his reportage about Kobane and Kurdish refugees at the nation exhibition of Fotoleggendo 2015.
His works have been published in L'Express, Neon Stern Magazine, Vice Magazine, Vice.com, Il Caffè, El Pais, OpenDemocracy, Il Manifesto, Ch. Times.
Since 2012 he collaborates with the independent newspaper of Livorno, the city where he lives, "Senza Soste" as a foreigner countries correspondent.
On winter 2015 collaborated with Wostok press. On April 2015 joined the “Oneshot image collective” as a photographer and started to collaborate with “Echo Photojournalism” and "Luz Photography". Today is living in Livorno, (Italy) but he sometimes moves to Turkey.