THE CONCORDIA PROJECT

It’s ten years since the Costa Concordia disaster, and the ship no longer exists. And yet objects from that tragedy can be found all over Italy. They are relics that tell stories.



On the evening of January 13th 2012, the Costa Concordia, a cruise ship with 4,229 people on board, struck shallow water near the Island of Giglio. Within three hours she had sunk sideways to the bottom a few metres from the coast. This was the largest ever cruise ship to sink, and the disaster claimed 32lives. But what is left of that event, ten years on?

Today the Costa Concordia no longer exists as her name has been canceled from the Italian shipping register. The wreck, which is a symbol of the drama, was hauled up, dismantled and most of the parts were recycled: thousands of tons of steel from the ship now form the foundations of Italian bridges and buildings. But traces of the Concordia can be found everywhere. These objects tell the story of life on board, of the survivors, the fear of death and the joy of being rescued.

 

Finalist Still Life category, 2022 Sony World Photography Award

 

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