Fabio Cuttica is a documentary photographer based in Tijuana, Mexico.
Since 2001, he has mostly focused his work in Latin America, documenting social, cultural, health and human rights issues of its reality.
During the year 2004, he works on a personal project "La prima cosa" (the first thing) about the difficulties that some poor families in Italy find trying to have a house and decide to occupy abandoned houses. The project was awarded with the 2005 Canon Award as the best project. In 2005, he decides to go back to Colombia, Bogotá.
During the 2006-2008 period, his work was concentrated in Venezuela, where he documented the social changes and aspects of the Venezuelan reality under the government of Hugo Chavez.
Since 2010, Fabio lives in Mexico, where he has documented aspects of the conflict provoked by the ongoing war for territory control between drug cartels and the State. At present, he is working on a long-term project called “Dark Passage”, about the long and difficult odissey that thousands of illegal migrants -majority Central-American and Mexicans, face everyday along the way to reach the Northern-Mexican border to, finally, cross it.
Messico - Tabasco 2011 On the freight train that drive along the south states of Mexico towars north regions, every years thousands of central -american illegal migrants, travel on the wagon roofs. risking so their life for reach the border with de Unided States.
Mexico - Baja California-Mexicali 2011 A group of; immigrants deported from the USA arrive in the "; Migrant Hotel".In the border city of Mexicali; there is an abbandoned hotel; that a group of activist and voluntiers trasformed in a shelter and refuge for immigrants deported from the USA
Tierra Blanca, Veracruz, Mexico, 2011 - This little town is an important railway junction. Thousands of migrants travelling on the freight train pass here. They can have a rest along the streets before restarting the trip towards North Mexico.
Mexicali, August 2011 - Hotel Migrante - Here a group of deportees and migrant rights activists have taken over an old, abandoned hotel, formerly the Hotel Centenario (the Hundred Year Hotel). They've renamed it the Hotel Migrante, or the Migrant Hotel. Just a block from the border crossing, it gives people deported from the United States a place to sleep and food to eat for a few days before they go home, or try to cross the border again - On the chest of a deportee, guest of the Hotel Migrante, the image of the Santa Muerte (the Holy Death), a religious-pagan image very popular among Mexican working class people
Arriaga (Chiapas), April 2011 - The Suchiate river that marks the southwesternmost part of the border between Mexico and Guatemala. Every day, thousands of people cross this natural border without legal permission as irregular migrants and travel on the roof of freight trains risking their life to reach as soon as possible the border with United States and try to cross it
Messico - Veracruz 2011 A woman,illegal migrant, coming from Honduras travels on the freight train that crosses the State of Veracruz, with her little three-year-old girl.
Mexico -Baja California- Jacumè At the border area, in the horizon the wall that divides Mexico from the United States could be seen. This area of the South of California is one of the places used by migrants to cross the border.
Messico - Veracruz 2011 Some migrants take a rest, wash themselves, and find safe shelter at a church in the outskirts of the city of Coatzacoalcos. They await for the next train to pass by.
All images © Fabio Cuttica