When I see the future

Operation Sunken Sea

Photographs by Andy Stagg, courtesy of The Mosaic Rooms © 2020
Heba Y. Amin: Operation Sunken Sea (2018 - ongoing). Photograph by Andy Stagg, courtesy of The Mosaic Rooms

Invested in the power of technology to generate a new future for humankind, Operation Sunken Sea initiates a large-scale infrastructural intervention unparalleled in scale: a new era of human progress will be initiated through the draining and rerouting of the Mediterranean Sea to converge Africa and Europe into one supercontinent. The operation promises to bring an end to terrorism and the migration crisis, provide employment and energy alternatives and confront the rise of fascism, all of which pose profound existential threats to our future. The project instills a fervent movement towards technocracy which takes a proactive stance towards the reparation of Africa and the Middle East by relocating the Mediterranean Sea within the African continent.


Referencing and expanding upon early twentieth century techno-utopian visions, Operation Sunken Sea (2018 – ongoing) is an ongoing research project and intervention by Heba Y. Amin that investigates significant transformations in territorial constructs and their impact on new geopolitical alliances and global politics. By shifting the paradigm in a time of neo-fascist necropolitics, the project responds to the contemporary moment of political uncertainty in Europe, the unrest and collapse of nation-states in the Middle East and the neo-liberal failure of globalization in Africa. The operation – mimicking languages (political, architectural and cultural) of fascist regimes – instigates a new vision for Africa and the Middle East by pinpointing what could be attained by and for those most affected by the wars waged for oil, resources and power in the last century.