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WFP and MIT inaugurate "Distance Unknown" exhibition on migration at the Venice architecture Biennale

Venice – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Civic Data Design Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will inaugurate “Distance Unknown”, a data-based exhibition on hunger and migration, at Palazzo Bembo (European Cultural Centre) in Venice with a walk-through on 21 May 2023 at 1100 CET to coincide with the opening of the Biennale Architettura 2023.

The centre piece of the exhibition is a giant tapestry illustrating the driving factors that force vulnerable families from Central America to migrate, and the costs associated with their journeys. This 15-by-8 feet data visualization artwork was built on a unique set of information collected by WFP during a study involving 5,000 families from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras and analysed in the subsequent report; “Charting a New Regional Course of Action”. It shows a sharp increase in the number of people considering migrating as a direct consequence of the global pandemic and as food insecurity dramatically increased in that region.

WFP continues to closely monitor migration issues and develop life-changing solutions with governments to address the multiple and intertwined crises driving millions of people into hunger and food insecurity across Latin America and the Caribbean.

Note to Editors

Photos of the exhibition available here.

Video on the project available here.

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Emanuela Cutelli,,
WFP/Rome, Mob. +39 347 2772299

Alexis Masciarelli,,
WFP/Panama, Mob. +507 6671 5355

Sarah Williams,,
MIT Civic Data Design Lab,
Mob. +1 267 253412