Finalists for the II Premi Mediterrani
Mathias Enard (France,1972). Writer and translator. After studying Arabic and Persian and spending long periods of time in the Middle East, he settled in Barcelona in 2000. He is the author of a dozen novels and has been awarded several prizes, including the Goncourt Prize in 2015.
Elias Khoury (Lebanon, 1948). Writer, playwright and literary critic, he is considered one of the most recognized and innovative writers of Arabic language literature, especially for his use of the Lebanese dialect.
Mónica García Prieto (Spain, 1974). Journalist specializing in international issues and conflicts; she is one of the great Spanish reporters. She earned a degree in Information Science and has been a correspondent in Rome, Moscow, Jerusalem, Beirut and Bangkok for more than 20 years.
Kader Attia (France, 1970). French artist of Algerian origin whose work ranges from sculpture to photography; installations to video. He uses an intercultural and interdisciplinary approach, dealing with various cultures throughout their history, with a focus on colonialism and deprivation and repression, violence and loss, and how they affect the evolution of nations and individuals, in connection with the collective memory.
Abd Al Malik (France, 1975). Rapper and French writer of Congolese origin and a declared admirer of Albert Camus. His entire career demonstrates the defence of a tolerant society, of inclusion in a diverse Europe and of education as a foundation for respect between different nationalities or religions.
Silvia Pérez Cruz (Spain, 1983). A professional musician, she engages in several artistic disciplines such as theatre, dance and performance, stemming from deep emotion and sensibility, and highlighting her eclectic style in which she combines Mediterranean, Iberian and international folkloric influences with contemporary pop music.
Edgar Morin (France, 1921). Philosopher and sociologist, politically committed from the beginning, he joined the French Resistance in 1941 and took part in the liberation of Paris. Known for his profoundly humanistic thought, he developed several concepts at the core of all his work, such as “transdisciplinarity” and “complex thought”. He is the author of essential books in 21st Century thought.
Letizia Battaglia (Italy, 1935). Photographer with close to a half-century’s experience who approaches her craft as a powerful testimony against the injustices and violence of her environment, which becomes a universal statement.