Disappearance at Sea – Mare Nostrum, The Baltic, Newcastle

James Bridle, Tomo Brody, Aikaterini Gegisian, ScanLAB Projects & Embassy for the Displaced, Forensic Architecture (Lorenzo Pezzani & Charles Heller), Jackie Karuti, Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen, Hrair Sarkissian, Škart collective – Djordje Balmazovič, Wolfgang Tillmans, Watch the Med

Disappearance at Sea – Mare Nostrum is a visual response to the pressing migrant crisis currently affecting a large proportion of the world. The exhibition was a collection of interactive and informative photography, film, sculpture and art work which explores the problematic political issue. The work aims to provide an insight in to the barbaric extradition of the people who have subsequently became lost at sea. The contributors, shown above, come from all corners of the globe, and attempt to explore this problem in their own way.

Using photography as a weapon to combat humanitarian issues has happened for many years. This body of work is the first that has emerged since the crisis happened, bringing a new perspective to the issue. By gathering and presenting this evidence as it were, the collection of artists are almost dumbing it down and making the issue easier to digest. I find this very interesting, however, the work when digested was very moving.

We also had a gallery tour of this body of work, however, the tour was very basic and therefore when exploring, we were able to understand more of the work. Being from an artistic background helped when viewing this work, as some of it was very abstract, making it difficult to connect to the rest. However, I do believe that working in collaboration with other artists and photographers is a good idea for the future.

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