2nd September 2015: Blanket

Questions about the ethics of photography are often raised when a photograph depicting violence is published; often the discussion regarding the ethics can take precedence over the importance of the photograph itself. In response to the photograph of 3 year old Syrian refugee Alan Kurdi, all of the Twitter comments which referenced his name were copied in order to create a set of data of the response to the photograph over time. Every tweet which mentioned ‘Alan Kurdi’  was coded into pattern in order to directly represent the volume of engagement on each date following the photographs publication. The outcome, a children’s blanket, created directly from the commentary surrounding the photograph reveals the transition from engagement to disengagement over time.

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Blanket: 140x70 cm