The List / Banu Cennetoglu
documented deaths of migrants

The List / UNITED

The List traces information related to the deaths of over 34,000 refugees, asylum seekers and migrants who have lost their lives within, or on the borders of Europe since 1993. It is compiled and updated every year by the Amsterdam based organization UNITED for Intercultural Action. Since 2006, in collaboration with curators, art workers, and institutions, Banu Cennetoğlu has facilitated up-to-date and translated versions of The List in several countries using public display structures such as ad-boards and newspaper supplements.

 

The List / UNITED

There are two aspects to it, Banu Cennetoğlu thinks – the first is deep and instinctive and is entwined with its emotional force as a lament, an act of mourning. “The other side is very pragmatic. It’s a database, compiled by an NGO since 1993 and it’s done only by volunteer work – but it needs to be visible. Governments don’t keep these records for the public; they don’t want the public to see these records because it exposes their policies. So you have NGOs trying to put the data together, and that data is incomplete and fragile, but there again someone has to do it. And I want to contribute to that with what I have and what I do – but not by aestheticizing it. You cannot represent this kind of darkness through art.” [via The Guardian]

“It needs to be visible… but not by aestheticizing it. You cannot represent this kind of darkness through art.”

The most recent version of The List has been displayed in cities including Berlin, Istanbul, Basel and Athens and last month on a 280 meter long installation along Great George Street in Liverpool as part of the city’s Biennial art festival. But on display in Liverpool, it was vandalized and torn down twice, first in July, then again just few weeks ago.

We present here The List in its entirety, also available for download >

A Matter of Black Lives
ARTPIL / Prescription .114
Following the murder of George Floyd by police officers, demonstrations across the U.S. and beyond ignite against racism and...
+
We Are One
A Global Film Festival
This festival is born out of the idea that the film community can come together in times of crises,...
+
#WhileBlack
Race relations in America
We are continuing to see the succession of incidents of discrimination and brutality against the black population. Today we...
+
ARTPIL / Prescription .113
Dunning, Kruger & Co.
Confinement has been wearisome with severe economic consequences. The world is now looking to reopening with varying levels of...
+
Frank Walter: A Retrospective
May 16 – Nov 15, 2020
There is no typical Frank Walter. His abstract works are systematic, the individuality of his figurative painting is captivating,...
+
Flavio-Shiró
Margaux Fitoussi & Adam Tanaka
Flavio-Shiró is a cult artist, a painter’s painter. His work defies categorization or association with any artistic group or...
+
Indie Folk
New Art from the Pacific NW
Indie Folk: New Art from the Pacific NW identifies a group of contemporary artists working in this unique and...
+
Diary of a Pandemic / Part II
Magnum photographers
As part of an ongoing initiative, Magnum photographers are sharing information and new work made in these strange and...
+
A Matter of Black Lives
ARTPIL / Prescription .114
Following the murder of George Floyd by police officers, demonstrations across the U.S. and beyond ignite against racism and...
+
We Are One
A Global Film Festival
This festival is born out of the idea that the film community can come together in times of crises,...
+
#WhileBlack
Race relations in America
We are continuing to see the succession of incidents of discrimination and brutality against the black population. Today we...
+
ARTPIL / Prescription .113
Dunning, Kruger & Co.
Confinement has been wearisome with severe economic consequences. The world is now looking to reopening with varying levels of...
+
Frank Walter: A Retrospective
May 16 – Nov 15, 2020
There is no typical Frank Walter. His abstract works are systematic, the individuality of his figurative painting is captivating,...
+
Flavio-Shiró
Margaux Fitoussi & Adam Tanaka
Flavio-Shiró is a cult artist, a painter’s painter. His work defies categorization or association with any artistic group or...
+
Indie Folk
New Art from the Pacific NW
Indie Folk: New Art from the Pacific NW identifies a group of contemporary artists working in this unique and...
+
Diary of a Pandemic / Part II
Magnum photographers
As part of an ongoing initiative, Magnum photographers are sharing information and new work made in these strange and...
+