From the number to the name: Revealing the lost identities of the border
The following research addresses the conflicts of the European and African border from the human point of view, challenging the border from a critical perspective on the relationship between identities. In order to understand this phenomenon that affects many European countries from the immigrant perspective, which we attempted to disclose the routes and the causes of the African immigration - especially of sub-Saharan countries due to political and socioeconomic problems- and the events which the people are often exposed on their paths to reach European lands. In order to cross the Strait of Gibraltar immigrants are often exposed to the violation of their human rights and indeed objectified by Powers of States and exclusion groups.
Based on the statistics of Migrant Files, more than 24,000 people have died on their way to Europe since 1988 – year when the migratory problems began –, and more than 17,000 have died trying to cross Strait of Gibraltar from Africa until this date. Thousands of them have lost their life and their identities trying to get to the “dream land”. The loss of the name is an important fact that relates to the loss of value over a person himself; which makes an analogy to the absence of the category of the human being.
The intention of this investigation within the Landscape Lab framework at the Technical University of Madrid is to find the stories behind the numbers of victims, to reveal the identities behind the number of people that have lost their lives trying to cross European borders, hoping for a better life.