Well known for his site-specific public art pieces, Ernest Zacharevic suprises us with this new beautiful artwork in New York City, inspired by Ai Wei Wei’s documentary film titled: “Human Flow”–from whom he borrowed the name of this piece–who gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration.
Based on this, Ernest created a piece in the streets of the big apple, as an ode and visual poem of what crossing oceans, hoping for a better future means.
Ai Wei Wei spent a full year traveling through 23 countries, following the journeys of some of the 65 million people forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change, and protracted wars. Crossing oceans and visiting refugee camps in precarious border cities in Afghanistan, Greece, Iraq, Kenya, Mexico, Turkey and beyond, Ai documented the stories of fellow humans of all ages and nationalities who currently have no place to call home.
The individual stories of several refugees and their journeys—or near perpetual state of limbo—are interwoven throughout the film, though Ai Wei Wei focuses mostly on a macro view that illustrates the unimaginable scope of the unfolding crisis that has enveloped entire nations.
Today, talking about what immigration represents in our society it has to be a story to tell, to highlight. This is something to think about, even more now, after more than 2,300 children were separated from their parents under the Trump administration’s “zero–tolerance” immigration policy.
Ernest’s piece couldn’t be more accurate for our time, Human Flow is a visual representation that recognizes that there are no easy solutions monumental catastrophes, and the impact this social and political situations has on us directly or indirectly, whether we choose to acknowledge it or not.