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Matteo Mencarelli bears witness in Beirut

Photo by Matteo Mencarelli

In 2009, Matteo Mencarelli (BA 2009 Vic) spent four months in Lebanon, interning with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). While in Beirut, he accompanied a UN staff member to the Shatila Palestinian refugee camp. Mencarelli spotted this Palestinian elder leaning against a wall observing the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and felt compelled to take his photo.

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“I am intrigued by the variety of human expressions I witness through my lens,” says Mencarelli, who favors portraiture. “There is a connection that is usually not present when shooting landscapes, architecture, or still life.”

Mencarelli describes himself as “an Italian, born and raised in Rome, who traveled to Toronto for university, and has been on the move ever since.” He pursued Middle Eastern/Latin American studies and Spanish while at U of T. Currently working towards an MA in International Studies and Diplomacy at the University of London, he hopes to work for the UN or another NGO after graduation.

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