Review: The Journey

Posted on October 18, 2016

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The Journey
By Francesca Sanna
Flying Eye Books
September 2016
48 pages

A brother and sister lived happily with their mother and father in a beautiful city by the sea until the blackness of war spread chaos and destruction and eventually took their father. Their mother heard about a distant country with forests and mountains and no war. They pack up their belongings in suitcases and set out in the family car. But as the pictures reveal, at each stage of their journey they gradually abandon all possessions as conditions worsen. On foot, with nothing but the clothes on their backs, they get past the border wall only to face a harrowing ferry boat ride across the stormy sea. Throughout their long and treacherous journey they’re accompanied by flocks of migrating birds without borders who share their hopes and dreams for a better life. The words “migrants” and “refugees” conjure images of masses of humanity fleeing war and genocide. In simple words and striking pictures, Sanna succeeds in synthesizing their sacrifices and struggles into one family’s quest. Sanna combines deep hues and rich saturation with exaggerated images in a screen-print style to depict the terrors and tragedies of their plight. Based on migrants’ own heartbreaking tales, The Journey is an intimate parable with the capacity to open hearts and minds to the ongoing worldwide refugee crisis in a way the news media cannot.

Copyright (c) 2016 by Peggy Tibbetts

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