In the same year that the self-proclaimed caliphate Islamic State came into existence – 2014 – Lorenzo Meloni began tracing its wars, grabs for land and loosening grip on cities it sought to take. From Kobane and Palmyra in Syria, through Sirte in Libya, and Mosul in Iraq, Meloni documented the brutal realities of the war: vast, empty deserts punctuated with haphazard moments of total chaos, charred ruins of broken former cities, brutal and indiscriminate violence, the civilians desperately trying to flee it, and those determined to stay. In September 2017, at Visa pour l’Image, an exhibition brings together work from these dispatches. For the first time, this long-form piece photojournalism is presented in one curation. Continue reading.