ISSN: 20404344
First published in 2010
2 issues per volume
Volume 7 Issue 2
Cover Date: October 2016
Reframing the debate: The art of Lampedusa
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Authors:  Maya Ramsay 
DOI: 10.1386/cjmc.7.2.209_1

art,migrant deaths at sea,refugees,drowning,memory,graves

This article considers the art that has been produced in relation to the subject of migrant deaths at sea, with a focus on artworks that refer to the island of Lampedusa and its long history of the subject. Now that the world’s media are at last paying attention to the subject of migrant deaths, the small islands of Lampedusa and Lesbos are in danger of being ‘invaded’ by more than just migrants – artists are on their way in ever-increasing numbers. The ‘migration crisis’ has become the latest hot topic for artists, but art on the subject of migrant deaths at sea is often controversial, dividing both critics and audiences. Written from the perspective of an artist, this article explores the complexities of making and presenting art about this extremely sensitive issue.
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