Tala Safié
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Mare Nostrum

Mare Nostrum (2016) is a double-spined publication that juxtaposes land and sea, focusing on the perilous Mediterranean migration prompted by the war in Syria. The “land” component loudly features news headlines of bigoted immigration-related announcements, whereas the “sea” component subtly reveals personal testimonies of women, men, and children who were in the midst of the sea crossing. Both components have the same chronology and timeline: each spread from the “land” section is paired with a corresponding “sea” spread with a similar date, allowing for tragic and absurd comparisons.

 All content is based on Amnesty International reports and newspaper archives. The cover features a quote by Edward Said.

All content is based on Amnesty International reports and newspaper archives. The cover features a quote by Edward Said.

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