Disappearance At Sea – Mare Nostrum
BALTIC, Gateshead NE8 3BA
This group exhibition draws attention to the journey undertaken by migrants and refugees to cross the Mediterranean Sea. Mare Nostrum, literally ‘our sea’, is the Latin name for the Mediterranean.
During 2015, some one million people sought to make the crossing, travelling through Turkey and Greece and from Libya to Italy, forced by wars in the Middle East, in Syria, Libya and Egypt, compelled by persecution. It has been the largest exodus of people in our times and it continues. The exhibition includes several new commissions and a broad range of artworks by artists from Syria, Greece, Serbia, Denmark, Kenya and the UK, who have explored ways of addressing this humanitarian disaster.
Artists: 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, Amnesty International