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 >

Art Now / Sophia Al-Maria
Sep 20, 2019 – Feb 23, 2020
Drawing on personal heritage and fictional future projections, Sophia Al-Maria's protagonists reflect on the narratives and languages they have...
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ARTPIL / Prescription .101
secretly wishing for rain
"The sun shines high above. The sounds of laughter. The birds swoop down upon the crosses of old grey...
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Museum Motus Mori
Sep 13 – Oct 27, 2019
Body parts are isolated, mechanically brought into motion, the hips tilted, the leg lifted, driven across the space where...
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Andrei Tarkovsky / The Exhibition
Sep 14 – Dec 6, 2019
The masterpieces of Andrei Tarkovsky weave together dreams and memories, past and present. The painterly beauty of his images...
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London Design Festival
September 14–22, 2019
The annual citywide event brings together a global community of designers, artists, architects and the creative industries with a...
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Visionary Color / Ernst Haas
Sep 6 – Nov 9 2019
Taken between 1952 and 1981, the photographs of Ernst Haas presented on display show an ambiguity bordering on the...
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Twilight Zone
Sep 7, 2019 – Jan 12, 2020
"It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between...
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Subjects of Life
Photography Mudam Collection
This selection encourages a reflection on the medium through questions of representation and the effects of the image on...
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Art Now / Sophia Al-Maria
Sep 20, 2019 – Feb 23, 2020
Drawing on personal heritage and fictional future projections, Sophia Al-Maria's protagonists reflect on the narratives and languages they have...
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ARTPIL / Prescription .101
secretly wishing for rain
"The sun shines high above. The sounds of laughter. The birds swoop down upon the crosses of old grey...
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Museum Motus Mori
Sep 13 – Oct 27, 2019
Body parts are isolated, mechanically brought into motion, the hips tilted, the leg lifted, driven across the space where...
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Andrei Tarkovsky / The Exhibition
Sep 14 – Dec 6, 2019
The masterpieces of Andrei Tarkovsky weave together dreams and memories, past and present. The painterly beauty of his images...
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London Design Festival
September 14–22, 2019
The annual citywide event brings together a global community of designers, artists, architects and the creative industries with a...
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Visionary Color / Ernst Haas
Sep 6 – Nov 9 2019
Taken between 1952 and 1981, the photographs of Ernst Haas presented on display show an ambiguity bordering on the...
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Twilight Zone
Sep 7, 2019 – Jan 12, 2020
"It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between...
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Subjects of Life
Photography Mudam Collection
This selection encourages a reflection on the medium through questions of representation and the effects of the image on...
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