Left to Die Report
Charles Heller, Lorenzo Pezzani and Situ Research

This research was undertaken in the frame of Forensic Architecture - a European Research Council project, and together with its London based team.

In the spring of 2011, during the NATO arms embargo on the Qaddafi regime, 72 migrants attempted to flee Libya departing from Tripoli and destined for Lampedusa, an Italian island in the Mediterranean Sea. They got halfway to their destination only to then run out of fuel and drift at sea for 14 days in what, at the time, was likely the most surveilled maritime zone in the world. In order to piece together the chain of events which ultimately resulted in 63 deaths, Situ collaborated with Charles Heller and Lorenzo Pezzani of Goldsmiths University's Centre for Research Architecture to produce a report on what has since become known as the “left to die boat”. The report was submitted as evidence in a lawsuit filed by the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) on the behalf of two survivors. The claim targets French and Spanish military ships for criminal neglect of the United Nations’ Law of the Sea protocol. The report seeks to address what is ultimately a spatial question - who was present in the area, informed of the migrant vessel's distress and failed to respond?

Brad Samuels from SITU Research with Youssef Chebbi and Thomas Keenan, Director of the Humans Rights Project at Bard College
February 7th, 3 - 7pm

56 Bogart Street 11206


Bradley Samuels is a Partner at SITU Research - an interdisciplinary practice working in design, visualization and spatial analysis. Focused on developing innovative strategies and new tools, SITU Research leverages a strong foundation in architecture, materials and digital instrumentation to collaborate with and contribute to a diverse array of fields. A core value of SITU Research is the applied nature of its work – the studio seeks to address challenges grounded in urgent contemporary spatial issues – be they social, scientific or artistic.