The pioneers of social networking sites shared pictures of bags stacked on top of each other and hung on a wall, claiming that they are in a museum on the Italian island of Lampedusa, and belong to migrants who died at sea.
By examining the photos, it turned out that they belonged to the “State of Exception” exhibition, created by artist Richard Barnes and artist Amanda Kruglyak, in collaboration with anthropologist Jason de Leon.
The exhibition includes an installation of hundreds of backpacks left by immigrants who crossed the Arizona desert, at the Mexico-US border.
One of the photos dates back to 2017, when the Institute of Human Sciences at the University of Michigan published it on its website, to promote the opening of the “State of Exception” exhibition at Parsons School in New York.
The second picture, by Richard Barnes, was shown in Michigan in 2014.
Earlier, activists claimed that the pictures were taken from an Italian museum called “Porto” located on the island of Lampedusa, and written on it, “Every bag has a story”, and “The bags of migrants who died in the Mediterranean, were collected and placed in an Italian museum to remind the tragedy of refugees.”