May 7, 2019

Sink Without Trace

Exhibition on Migrant Deaths at Sea
13th June – 13th July 2019
P21 Gallery, 21- 27 Chalton Street, London, NW1 1JD

Sink Without Trace presents works by 17 artists on the subject of migrant deaths at sea. The exhibition includes artists from Denmark, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Israel, Italy, Kurdistan, Slovakia, South Africa and Syria – currently based in France, Germany, Italy, Sweden and the UK.

Through drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and video works, Sink Without Trace offers alternative perspectives on a subject that is often only presented through the eyes of the media and politicians.

The exhibition is curated by Federica Mazzara and Maya Ramsay who have both been working in the field of art and migrant deaths at sea for a number of years. Federica has recently published a book on the subject Reframing Migration: Lampedusa, Border Spectacle and Aesthetics of Subversion (2019). Maya’s Countless project (2016- 2018) involved working with the unidentified graves of migrants who died at sea and shipwrecked migrant boats.

They began curating Sink Without Trace four years ago after noticing a lack of critical engagement and exhibitions on the subject of migrant deaths at sea. The aim of the exhibition is to create awareness of and discussion on this very complex and sensitive subject from multiple viewpoints.

There will be a series of public events taking place in the gallery during the exhibition, including a book launch, a workshop, artists talks and a symposium on the subject of art and migrant deaths at sea.

A rescued North African migrant boat will be on public display close to the gallery on Regent’s Canal, Kings Cross during Refugee Week (17- 23 June).

The exhibition has been funded by Arts Council England and supported by Counterpoints Arts and Westminster University.

Proceeds from the exhibition will go to Alarm Phone


Image: End of Dreams, Nikolaj Skyum Bendix Larsen




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