The List is a document that contains the information of more than 22.342 known refugees, asylum seekers and migrants who have died within, or on the borders of Europe since 1993. It is compiled and updated every year by the Amsterdam-based organization UNITED for Intercultural Action. Since 2006, in collaboration with curators, art workers, and institutions, Banu Cennetoğlu has facilitated up-to-date and translated versions of The List in several countries using public display structures such as ad-boards and newspaper supplements. Until 2015 the portable document format, as it is made available by UNITED on their website, is not altered, simply blown up.
During the first display in March 2007, The List was distributed as a poster campaign on 110 outdoor advertising signs throughout the city of Amsterdam, realized in close collaboration with curator Huib Haye van der Werf, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam and SKOR. On September 28, 2007, in collaboration with the 1st Athens Biennale and TA NEA newspaper, the 16-page list was translated in its entirety into Greek, and published and distributed as a supplement in the daily newspaper. From January 31 to February 8 2011, the 36-page document, translated into German, was on display as a poster campaign in seventy-two locations in Basel-Stadt and in Baselland in collaboration with Kunsthalle Basel. Between October 15-23, as part of Measure, The List (2012), translated into Turkish and compiled to 49 pages, appeared in İstanbul on 150 outdoor advertising boards all around the city including in the metro line that carries 230.000 people every day. Measure, part of the Europe’n Project, is curated by Esra Sarıgedik Öktem and realized in collaboration with Salt, Istanbul. From April 29 to May 12 2013, the 37- page document was translated to Bulgarian and displayed as a poster campaign in Sofia metro stations (train A11 and A12) in collaboration with Övül Durmuşoğlu and Sofia Contemporary.
From August 27 to September 26 2015 the list will be visible in Istanbul through YAMA, a large public screen on top of The Mamara Pera Hotel in Tepebaşı. Radically different from previous formats, the entire content of the list except the sources has been transferred into a video format. Translated and sporadically adapted into Turkish, the final update of the document dates June 14th 2015 and uses both UNITED and migrantsfiles.com as a source*. The actual screening displays the entire document, containing the information of more than 22.342 known refugees, asylum seekers and migrants who have died within, or on the borders of Europe since 1993. The information on each individual case documented in the list, will be visualized on the screen, appearing one word at a time. Screenings will take place at night, from sunset to sunrise, taking exactly 360 hours to cover the document from beginning to end.