In 2016 alone, the number of migrant deaths at sea rose to a startling 4000. That’s 4000 lives lost in the search for peace and safety: it is this feeling of displacement and the thin line between life and death that the BALTIC’s latest exhibition, Disappearance at Sea, aims to capture.
To do so, the eye-opening group project will chart migrant and refugee journeys across the Mediterranean sea.
Described now as a ‘humanitarian disaster’, Disappearance at Sea confronts the biggest mass-exodus of people in our time through a number of mediums, including photography and videography. Its namesake Mare Nostrum (latin for ‘our sea’) is a Roman name for the Mediterranean Sea – the same passing which has claimed so many lives. These eye-opening works are more than fitting in post-Brexit Britain, where attitudes toward migrants grow increasingly hostile.
The exhibition runs until Sunday 14th May and includes the work of artists from Syria, Greece, Serbia, Denmark, Kenya and the UK who aim to explore ways of addressing the issues surrounding a largely ignored crisis. A host of well-known humanitarian groups such as Amnesty international and Watch the Med are also involved, lending the collection a well-rounded outlook.