“In a sea of human beings, it is difficult, at times even impossible, to see the human as being.” - Aysha Taryam
Every human is an amalgamation of ideas and values; our idea of nationality forms the crux of our being and identity. As a Haitian-American, I created a personality around these complex and difficult nationalities, without them Pascal DuBois would not exist. As Patrick Rothfuss tells us, everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story. How do people fleeing war, privation, and the inhumanity of capitalism create new stories of themselves when all the world strips them bare and brands them, refugees?
Ai Weiwei's Human Flow (2017) takes you on a visceral tour of the colossal juggernaut that's the refugee crisis. According to Global Trends, more than 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change, and war—the greatest displacement since World War II. UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi states, a sea of frightening number of refugees and migrants are dying each year. On land, people fleeing war are finding their way blocked by closed borders.
Human Flow dares you to experience the twenty-first century's restless tumult of humanity and not feel the raw pungent aching for another human seeking a better life.