Introduction by Eva Schreiner; conversation moderated by Eva Schreiner and Jordan Carver.
Working together since 2011, Charles Heller and Lorenzo Pezzani co-founded Forensic Oceanography, a collaborative project that has developed innovative methodologies to document the conditions that lead to migrants’ deaths at sea. They also launched the WatchTheMed platform, a tool enabling nongovernmental actors to exercise a critical right to look at the EU’s maritime frontier. They have authored a number of human rights reports, including “Report on the Left-to-Die Boat” (2012); “Death by Rescue” (2016) ; “Blaming the Rescuers” (2017) and “Mare Clausum”, all of which have had a major impact both within the fields of migration and border studies, nongovernmental politics and the public sphere. Based on their research, they have lectured internationally and generated a number of theoretically innovative articles published in several edited volumes and in a number of international journals such as Cultural Studies, Postcolonial Studies, the Revue Européenne des Migrations Internationales, ACME, Spheres, Global Media and Communication, Philosophy of Photography, New Geographies and the Harvard Design Magazine. Their videos “Liquid Traces” (2014), “Death by Rescue” (2016), “The Crime of Rescue” and “Mare Clausum” (2018) have been exhibited internationally, including at the HKW, the Venice Biennale, the MACBA and the MOMA, the ICA, and Manifesta12.