MTO just sent us a series of images from a brilliant intervention he just finished working on in Sliema, Malta and Sapri, Italy.
Entitled “The Mediterranean Tunnel”, the French artist brought to life some of his hyper-realistic imagery showing a man entering trough the side of a building in Malta and exiting in Italy. The first part of the mural was painted for Sliema Arts Festival in Malta while the second part of the mural was created for Incipit Project in Sapri, Italy.
” … MALTA TAKES THE DEAD AND SENDS THE LIVING TO ITALY…
[…] …This happened when Enrico Letta was prime minister of Italy. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat thanked the Italian government. The Maltese have accepted the dead, but not the living. Malta is too small to take in thousands of persons. But if someone is in danger at sea, they pick him up: it is not true they push him back in the water. Then they try not to keep him: that is true. They have a pragmatic approach, but not an inhuman one.”
He cites the example of the Migrant Offshore Aid Station an American couple of Italian origin, the Catambrones, who rigged a ship with drones purchased in the US, put together a crew and recruited the former head of the Maltese Armed Forces to try and pick up people from the sea. […] “Malta relies very much on an intervention in Libya. Joseph Muscat says that if we do not go into Libya, this problem will never be resolved … “