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Liquid Traces: The left-to-die boat case

Chain of events in the ‘left-to-die boat’ case.  © Forensic Oceanography, courtesy of Forensic ArchitectureChain of events in the ‘left-to-die boat’ case. © Forensic Oceanography, courtesy of Forensic Architecture
  • Wednesday 13 June 2018, 6.30PM to 7.00pm
  • Free admission
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  • 3Sixty, Ron Cooke Hub, University of York (map|getting to campus)
  • Wheelchair accessible

Event details

Join us for a film screening of Liquid Traces: The Left-to-Die Boat Case (2014) directed by Charles Heller and Lorenzo Pezzani (Forensic Oceanography). The screening will be introduced by Martha Cattell and Kyveli Lignou-Tsamantani, Art History PhD students at the University of York.

The film offers a reconstruction of events when 72 passengers left the Libyan coast heading in the direction of the island of Lampedusa on board a small rubber boat. Left to drift for 14 days in NATO’s maritime surveillance area, only nine people survived.

The film was produced within the framework of Forensic Architecture with the support of the House of World Cultures (HKW). For more information on the film, visit

Our special Festival screening anticipates the exhibition Refuse/Refuge at York Art Gallery, which will take place from July to September 2018.

About the speakers

Martha Cattell and Kyveli Lignou-Tsamantani are History of Art postgraduate students at the University of York, and curators of the upcoming exhibition Refuse/Refuge, York Art Gallery, July to September 2018. 


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