World Migration Map (2010-2015)


Wall installation │ Nails and threads │ 5m x 3m │ 2016


The project is part of a larger body of work in which Doplgenger explore the complex and intricate relations of labor, war, and economy. They focus on, and question, the media representation of labor—from the phenomenon of the temporary economic migration of gastarbeiter in postwar 1960s Europe to the labor market debate around the polarization between economic and war refugees in the course of today’s massive migration into Europe. Historic literary texts that deal with different labor contexts provide the inspiration and the titles for the works created so far.

The installation is at the same time the abstraction and objectification of the data representing the global net migration between 2010 and 2015. The data for the map comes from the UN Population Division’s estimates for Total Migrant Stock — the number of global migrants, broken down by country of residence and country of origin.