I was shocked by the continuing scale of the migrant deaths in the Mediterranean (Missing Migrants Project 2017), as it hasn’t really featured in the news recently. It has become a dry statistic, which is part of the issue I’d like to address with this project. To that end, I thought a short, punchy haiku atop the climbing death toll would have more impact than a longer piece.
This format is an experiment but I think it helps to tell the story in the data in a memorable way, perhaps more-so than an accompanying panel of prose. The ‘orange petals’ refer to an image that has stayed with me, of empty life-jackets washed up on the shore.