2015 52cm x 52cm x 5cm
sculpture: wire, paper-mache and collaged archival photo
Migrants desperate to leave their troubled countries to find a better life are increasingly exploited by traffickers. In 2013 a boat crammed with people left Libya and sank off the coast of Lampedusa, Italy killing over 360 men, women and children reportedly from Palestine and Syria. This tragic event highlighted the incredible risks people are taking and increased frequency of such acts.2015 saw one of the worst human losses of migrants drowning in the Mediterranean. The subject of migration is a hot topic in many areas of the world: Australia with its' controversial offshore detention centres, the ongoing problems in Calais, France with migrants trying to get to England, and the recent amnesty granted by Obama to millions of illegal immigrants. Border Control offers another subject which strongly divides opinions.