• Empty grave
  • 'Young female, died 5-8-2015' (detail), graphite rubbing from migrant's grave, 60 x 42 cm, 2016
  • 'No.19, male, died 5-8-2015' (detail), graphite rubbing from migrant's grave, 60 x 42 cm, 2016
  • 'No.13', graphite rubbing from unidentified migrant's grave, 42 x 60 cm, 2016
  • No.60, unidentified migrant's grave, 2016
  • 'No.60', graphite rubbing of unidentified migrant's grave (detail), 60 x 42 cm, 2016
  • F4 N 125, African female, died 18-6-2007, 2016
  • 'F4 N 125', unidentified migrant's grave, graphite rubbing from unidentified migrant's grave, 42 x 60 cm, 2016
  • No. 170, unidentified migrant's grave, 2016
  • 'No. 170', graphite rubbing from unidentified migrant's grave, 42 x 60 cm, 2016
  • 'N 46904', graphite rubbing from unidentified migrant's grave, 42 x 60 cm, 2016
  • N 46904, unidentified migrant's grave, 2016
  • 49, unidentified migrant's grave, 2016
  • Mass grave of unidentified migrants, 2016
  • Field of unidentified migrant's graves, mostly children, 2016

Countless is a series of 29 graphite rubbings made from the graves of migrants who died whilst trying to reach Europe by boat. It is 29 years since the first recorded shipwreck of a migrant boat in Europe.

The rubbings are taken from graves in four cemeteries in Sicily. Migrants' graves are usually marked with numbers rather than names as their bodies remain unidentified. 

Countless is on display in a solo exhibition at Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth from 01/04/2017- 04/06/2017.

Maya Ramsay will be discussing the Countless project on Thursday 20th April, 6pm at Aspex Gallery                                                                                                    

Maya has recently published an article on the subject of art & migrant deaths at sea - 'Reframing the debate: The art of Lampedusa' for 'Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture' (2016). 

A version of the article can be read here: Reframing-the-debate-the-art-of-lampedusa