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Book Presentation and Talk: The Crack - a field journal of two reporters


The IIP cordially invites you to the book presentation and talk about the photobook and graphic novel by Guillermo Abril and Carlos Spottorno called



-         A field journal of two reporters as they follow the border from Africa to the Arctic with the aim of identifying the causes and consequences of Europe’s identity crisis


Date:                          Thursday, 1st of February 2018

Time:                          6:30 pm

Venue:                        International Institute for Peace (IIP), 

                                   Moellwaldplatz 5/2, 1040 Vienna




Presentation and Talk:

·         GUILLERMO ABRIL, Spanish reporter, el País Semanal, World Press Photo Award (2015)

·         CARLOS SPOTTORNO, Spanish Photographer, World Press Photo Award (2003 and 2015)



·         STEPHANIE FENKART, Director, International Institute for Peace



In December 2013 photographer Carlos Spottorno and reporter Guillermo Abril got from El País Semanal the assignment of preparing a series of stories about the European Union’s external borders.

After three years working on the story, several covers, dozens of pages in magazines, and a World Press Photo, the authors set out to convey, with the 25,000 photographs and 15 notebooks they had compiled, the story of what is happening on the European Union’s borders, making use of an innovative narrative form.

The CRACK depicts in its pages an encounter with Sub-Saharan migrants in the Gurugu Mountain, the rescue of a raft off the coast of Libya, the exodus in the Balkans, NATO tanks on the Byelorussian border, and Arctic forests, where Finn conscripts try to discover their own limits.

This work by Spottorno and Abril is both a photographed news report and a graphic essay of sorts, set against the background of very current geopolitical events. Halfway between a photobook book and a graphic novel, inasmuch as it uses narrative elements of the latter, the end result is not a story based on actual events: these are actual events.


The event will be held in English.

The IIP invites to a glass of wine after the event.


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