Narciso Contreras – Libya: A Human Marketplace

Garabuli, March 2016 © Narciso Contreras for the Carmignac Foundation
Garabuli, March 2016, Narciso Contreras for Fondation Carmignac

22 April – 13 May 2017

Fondation Carmignac is pleased to announce the exhibition of the 7th Laureate of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award, the Mexican photographer Narciso Contreras, at the Palazzo Reale, Milan, from 22 November until 13 May 2017.

This report narrates the thoughts and observations of the photojournalist as he has travelled through the complex tribal society of post-Gaddafi Libya from February to June 2016, photographing the brutal reality of human trafficking. Contreras lays bare an unfolding humanitarian crisis in which illegal migrants, refugees and asylum seekers are at the mercy of militias who exploit them for financial gain. Held in detention centres for illegal migrants, they are subjected to inhumane conditions including overcrowding, lack of sanitation and vicious beatings.

Throughout this report, Contreras weaves a compelling narrative to show how, instead of being a place of transit for migrants on their way to Europe, Libya has actually become a trafficking market where people are bought and sold on a daily basis.

Palazzo Reale

Piazza del Duomo 12
20122 Milan, Italie

Monday: 2:30pm – 7:30pm
Tuesday – Sunday: 9:30am – 7:30pm
Thursday – Saturday: 9:30am – 10:30pm

Exhibition Photos

Exhibition view, Libya Turntable of Human Trafficking, Narciso Contreras, Palazzo Reale, Milan, 2017
View of exhibition, Libya: A Human Marketplace, Narciso Contreras, Palazzo Reale, Milan, 2017


Narciso Contreras – Libya: A Human Marketplace