Sculpting and Human Rights: An Exploration of Fasasi Abeedeen Tunde’s Works in Italy

  • Elizabeth Lisot-NelsonEmail author
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This chapter engages the use of sculptures in spotlighting human rights focusing on the issue of migration and specifically the plight of migrants at sea. It explores the significant work of Fasasi Abeedeen Tunde—a Nigerian migrant—who crossed the Mediterranean sea into Europe. Through sculpting, Fasasi has been able to share powerful visuals depicting both the horrors and kindness he witnessed during his voyage. His artwork has been exhibited in Italy and garnered notable attention. His artworks accomplish what philosopher Emmanual Levinas called meeting the “Other” face to face, bringing about a moral imperative, based upon intrasubjective experience, which calls the viewer to action. This chapter examines this intersection through the work of Fasasi Abeedeen Tunde and the possibility for art to create changes in society in order to improve the application of human rights.


Refugees Sculpture African Migrants Italy Fasasi Empathy 


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  1. 1.University of Texas at TylerTylerUSA

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