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UNITED List of Deaths presented at MoMA exhibition

UNITED’s List of Deaths, which includes the details of over 22,000 migrants and refugees who died due to the fatal policies of Fortress Europe, has been included in the exhibition “Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter” at the Museum of Mordern Art in New York.

The exhibition explores the ways in which contemporary architecture and design have addressed notions of shelter in light of global refugee emergencies. From the strengthening of international borders to the logistics of mobile housing systems, how we understand shelter is ultimately defined through an engagement with security.

The extract from the UNITED’s List of Deaths presented at the exhibition takes up a whole museum wall, offering a striking view of the death that is wrought by Europe’s inhumane migration policies.

[Photo-1] Installation view of Insecurities. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, October 1, 2016-January 22, 2017. © 2016 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Jonathan Muzikar

[Photo 2] Installation view of Insecurities. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, October 1, 2016-January 22, 2017. © 2016 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Jonathan Muzikar[Photo 3] Installation view of Insecurities. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, October 1, 2016-January 22, 2017. © 2016 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Jonathan Muzikar

The List of Deaths was also recently deployed at an action in Münster, Germany. There, activists deployed a 28 meter long print of the List, updated with newer entries from the IOM. One of the activists used a typewriter to add the names of the migrants and refugees who had died in the month between the printing of the list and the action.


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The Museum of Mordern Art (MoMA), based in Manhatten, New York, is one of the world’s largest and most influential museums focusing on modern art. The exhibition “Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter” is running until 22 January 2017. Read about and see more examples of the catalogue of the exhibition here.

Since 1993 UNITED has been monitoring the deadly results of the building of ‘Fortress Europe’ by making a list of the refugees and migrants, who have died in their attempt of entering the ‘Fortress’ or as a result of Europe’s immigration policies. You can read more about the campaign here, or at the dedicated campaign website, which includes an interactive map.