The Lessepsians / Moving photocollages / 2019

The Lessepsians illustrate the function of the Suez Canal  as a man-made corridor for invasive marine species. Known as “Lessepsian migrants” — named after Ferdinand de Lesseps, the French engineer in charge of the Suez Canal’s construction. These Lessepsian migrants that originate from the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea are supposedly harmful to the Mediterranean ecosystem with some marine biologists describing them as “the largest irreversible ecological disasters of our time.”