Heads & Lines
In the summer of 2015, crisis of refugees who migrate from Middle-East to Europe became the headline of most news agencies. By illegally but humanly passing through borders, these people question the existence of such lines. This event affected me due to two reasons: First, as a Middle-Eastern, whom mass media not only define his identity for those who live outside of this region but also distort his self-definition, second as a prospective immigrant, who wants to seek serendipity in the West. I use Google Street View to pass those same lines and to virtually experience such journey until the machine allows me no more to go further . Then, I replace these captured photographs with immigrants’ images in most-reached news web-pages I found by searching the name of the border plus “refugees” keyword, and re-design them into newspapers front-pages. Through this process, I try to stack layers of time. Google Street Views images are captured by machines before 2015, titles and captions are from European Refugees crisis, and peripheral materials are today’s news. By including my own narrative of migrating, I try to pose a question on an impersonal approach of news agencies, which sees refugees not as individuals but as a mass. Rematerialized through newsprint I attempt to link this project to Sara Charlesworth’s “Modern History” series.