We are startled and distressed to see that for the first time since UNITED was founded, our work has been attacked at the Liverpool Biennial, where the UNITED List of Refugee Deaths has been on display in its entirety on the hoardings of Great George Street in Liverpool.
The List, presented to the public at the Liverpool Biennial in collaboration with Istanbul-based artist Banu Cennetoglu, was torn down in mysterious circumstances last week. No cause has yet been determined, and as of 3 August, the incident was not reported to the police. There were early suggestions that it had been mistakenly removed by Liverpool city council, but a council spokesman has since told the Guardian that he was ‘100% sure’ this was not the case.
The work is being reinstalled this week to continue paying tribute to refugees and migrants and draw attention to the fatal migration policies of the European Union.
Image (top): Mark McNulty
Image (right): Liverpool Biennial