This performance will take place at the U-M Institute for the Humanities in Ann Arbor.
The Dublin Regulation, which mandated a fingerprinting database across Europe for all refugees and migrants, means that refugees may be sent back to where their prints were first recorded, without any regard to the refugee's needs, desires, or plans. As Far As My Fingertips Take Me is a one-on-one encounter through a gallery wall between an audience member and a refugee. Their arms touch without seeing one another, and the refugee draws on the audience member's arm, while they listen to his story through headphones.
Artist Tania El Khoury commissioned musician and street artist Basel Zaraa, born a Palestinian refugee in Syria, to create a narrative with song, inspired by the journey his sisters made from Damascus to Sweden, to help others understand the effect of border discrimination on peoples' lives. "I left with a feeling of having established a firmer link to a crisis that is overwhelming to contemplate." (Washington Post)