The Comitato Tre Ottobre, together with the Lampedusa and Linosa City Council and First Social Life, have sponsored the creation of the ‘Museum of Trust and Dialogue for the Mediterranean’, which was inaugurated in Lampedusa on June 3rd, 2016, in the presence of the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella.

Now, more than ever, understanding the nature and dynamics of migrations is essential. Through art, it is possible to approach such a delicate and complex issue in a direct and empathetic way, by reflecting on fragilities, vulnerabilities, strength and courage of those who leave their homes and set out in search of a better future.

In 2016, leading partners were the Uffizi Galleries in Florence and the Bardo National Museum in Tunis, have lent many works of art, including Caravaggio’s ‘L’amorino dormiente’ (‘Sleeping Cupid’).

The Comitato Tre Ottobre has catalogued and exhibited:

  •  Drawings by Adal, an Eritrean refugee, who painted a depiction of the torture he suffered in Eritrea after he was repatriated from Malta in 2005, and other drawings of losing his brother during the 3rd October 2013 shipwreck. Adal’s drawings were taken as evidence by the Commission of the United Nations and attached to the resolution condemning the Eritrean regime.
  • Items found on the bodies of the victims of 3rd October, 2016 and 11th October, 2016 shipwrecks.
  • The personal belongings of 52 people who died by asphyxiation in the cargo hold of a makeshift boat last summer.
  • The drawings of a Syrian child, Sherazade, produced in Idomeni refugee camp in Greece.

Protocol for the creation of a Youth department in the Museum of Trust and Dialogue for the Mediterranean.

On October 3rd, 2017, Comitato 3 Ottobre, the Italian Ministry for University and Research and the Lampedusa and Linosa City Council signed a protocol which establishes the creation of a Youth department in the Museum of Trust and Dialogue for the Mediterranean. This includes work produced by children from Italian and European schools.

The aim is to get younger generations involved as key players and active agents in awareness-raising actions and information campaigns on the theme of migration and the fight against discrimination.

Since August 2018, in addition to a rich display of photographs, paintings, texts and other items and belongings salvaged from the sea, the Museum also hosts a “shipwreck hall”. This offers visitors a new multimedia tour made of images and sound, giving visitors alive first-hand experience of the sea crossing.