This photographic series finds its genesis in the book of Pedrag Matveievich, “La Méditerrannée”, and the tabular work of the scientist and cartographer, Muhammad Al-Idrisi; the “Tabula Rogeriana”. This map dating from the 12th century, has become one of the most important sources of information on the political, cultural, physical and social conditions of the Mediterranean territories studied. It is also an historical example of the collaboration between a Christian and a Muslim, who worked together on a project aimed at tolerance and assimilation. It is therefore not surprising to see how this map has redrawn contemporary geographical norms: the North at the bottom, the South at the top, and the Arab Peninsula, with the holy place of Mecca, at the center.
Based on this medieval documentation, Davide Monteleone reconsiders the work he completed two years earlier on the Arab Spring, the conflicts in the Middle East and Syria, the news waves of migration in the Mediterranean, such as Lampedusa, and the economic crisis in Europe, which have become constant sources of mistrust and confrontation in the contemporary Mediterranean region.