Narciso Contreras – Libya: A Human Marketplace

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

May 16 – September 1, 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 Saatchi Gallery, London, from 16 May to 16 June 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.

In 2017, this exhibition that showcased the first images proving human slavery in Libya, drained 520.046 visitors at the Saatchi Gallery.

Saatchi Gallery

Duke of York’s HQ
King’s Road, London SW3 4RY

Every day from 10am to 6pm

Exhibition Photos

Exhibition view, Libya Turntable of human trafficking, Narciso Contreras, Saatchi Gallery, 2017
View of the exhibition, Libya: A Human Marketplace, Narciso Contreras, Saatchi Gallery, 2017


Narciso Contreras – Libya: A Human Marketplace