a million shillings exhibit at musée d’art moderne de la ville de paris




Alixandra Fazzina’s project ‘A Million Shilling – Escape from Somalia’ is showing at Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, as part of the Prix Pictet Finalists Exhibition, running until 13 December 2015.


Across the Horn of Africa, war, abuse and poverty make millions miserable and drive thousands to attempt to flee by sea. The cost is just $50, or one million Somali shillings. With a one in twenty chance of not making it to the other side alive, it is a price they must risk their lives for. 


Alixandra Fazzina worked over a period of two years to chronicle the exodus of migrants and refugees from Somalia to the Arabian Peninsula. For her work on “A Million Shillings – Escape From Somalia”, she was a finalist in the CARE Award for Humanitarian Reportage, the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography and the Prix Pictet.