No one knows this metaphor better than artist Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, who is simulating the flight of the displaced by running a total distance of 12,756.3 kilometers, the diameter of the Earth.
“It symbolizes the most direct path to the other side of the world,” he explains. “The reverse circumstance [of] the refugees’ situation.”
Breathing is Free: 12,756.3 is the culmination of a body of work on the global refugee crisis. Since 2001, the artist has produced mesmerizing video exhibitions that explore the history of struggle.
“The core of all my memorial projects always returns to a personal question: Why must many in the world be forced to leave the place they call home for safety, happiness, security, and freedom?”