Since the beginning of the 1990s, countless refugees have tried to cross the Mediterranean Sea in an attempt to leave North Africa and to reach the safe havens of Europe. Some were successful in doing so, while others met their fate in the water.
Dark Waters by Daniel Tchetchik (b. Israel) is inspired by personal stories of refugees who have lost loved ones at sea. It is a wordless psychological journey in which the sea becomes a mirror of the refugee crisis, and it can be seen as a romantic narrative. In romanticism there is an emphasis on the painful, violent, passionate subjects full of struggle and mystery. The human being facing destructive Nature in a war of survival against all odds is engaged in a war with no holds barred.
The title Dark Waters has been emphasised by the dark colour palette used throughout the whole project. In the project we see black and white photography that brings out the dangers of the vast sea, filled with hazard and uncertainty, while the coloured photographs show a glimmer of opportunity and a bright future.
Dark Waters is ultimately a reflection of the power of human hope, whether it materialises or was in vain.
The exhibition Dark Waters opens Saturday 2 November 2019 in Almacen Cultural Center in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Israel. The book is available here.