If you make a project curious enough at a high level, you invite passersby to step into a much larger, much harsher issue. It’s too easy for westerners to turn down a dive into what does not affect them. But artist Jeroen van der Most wants the world to know what happened to Syria and its people.
Since the start of the Syrian conflict, 50% of the nation’s 11+ million people have died, fled the country, or been internally displaced, according to a recent UN report. That is such a heart-stopping percentage; it’s difficult to put into proper perspective. That’s why the artist created the project Seeraser, described as “a merciless computer system that gathers massive amounts of online pictures and spares no one.”
Seeraser takes any photo and erases half of the faces with a purposefully basic method and aesthetic. It drives home how easy Syria’s population has been destroyed while presenting the idea that it could happen to anyone.
See examples of the artists’ simple and powerful work with Seeraser below.