Shipwreck at the Threshold of Europe
EU’s handling of migrants and refugees is a perpetual failure. As European citizens, we’re fed a distorted glimpse of their journeys by the media, as to avoid the risk of steering us to empathise and take real action. We can’t accept their truth and must call for accountability and action. This essay is a reminder of what’s concealed from us.
The scenery inside the book was born from a performance of our own. In the making of this environment, the screen was ever-present. By taking panoramic shots of a TV screen, the images are the result of the interaction of two machines — the cold reflection of already altered images from one screen to the other. Nonetheless, the performative aspect in this process was crucial to our essay, as it brings us, the designers, into an active role. We’re silent — as to not overshadow the experiences of migrants and refugees — but we are present.
Finally, we would like to address Amel Alzakout’s Purple Sea. This movie has had a tremendous effect in our essay, as it is a genuine, firsthand account of refugee crisis. Alzakout takes her own undistilled narrative into her own hands and shares it with the world in her own terms — it’s the nauseating truth we’re kept from but must be exposed to for real action to take place. Additionally, Forensic Architecture’s investigation is also of special notice. In our reality, their work has become a necessity as the information we receive from official sources is too often a farce, and the truth is a relic we can’t take for granted.