Image: Esther Sadeli

Image: Esther Sadeli

Image: Jiajun Wang

Tragedy Porn: Bodrum, Turkey (nos. 1-3) - September 2, 2015

Three-year-old Alan Kurdi drowned and washed ashore near Bodrum, Turkey on September 2, 2015. His mother and brother also died, trying to make it safely to Greece by boat from Turkey after fleeing Syria. His father said the family could not afford life vests. In a disturbing reminder of inequity, I had a child’s life vest delivered to my front porch within two days through Amazon. I created three molds from the life vest, and slip cast the parts in porcelain. During the process I began to question my own exploitation of tragedy for art. In the end, it was my intention to museumize the metaphorical objects so that they would act as inert specimens in the viewer-object relationship. The work seeks to explore our fascination with and detachment from or objectification of the people affected by this humanitarian crisis. 

2016
Porcelain, glaze, canvas, and vitrine
16 x 18 x 18 in (each)