An Artists’ Book by Patricia Silva & Lyall Harris
This photo-documentary illustrates our common humanity and the distressing loss of identity taking place in contemporary mass immigration to Europe. Central to this book is its potent visual rhythm of 100 images of hands holding origami boats, interspersed with 26 quotes (some in Italian) and 10 portraits. With the help of volunteer participants, Patricia Silva and Lyall Harris developed this artists’ book in 2016 in a collaborative exchange while working as ex-pats in Italy. That year, an estimated one million refugees arrived by boat to Europe, with Sicily as a principal entry point. Silva and Harris have been collaborators in the field of book art since 2014.