FUSE TSANG (b. 1990, Hong Kong) is a graphic designer who works mostly on editorial projects and exhibitions.

Books, information graphics, exhibition graphics and visual communication in general, are the usual outputs of her design practice. She looks for ways to build a creative information structure for the given subject matters and content, to give relevancy to the contemporary we are living in, and if possible to propose alternative viewing.

Tsang graduated from Hong Kong Polytechnic University, BA Design in Visual Communication. She started out as a book designer who focused on the local publishing scene and was later invited to join the Editorial Department of Fabrica, the communication research center of Benetton, to work on various visual culture researches and photographic projects, then in Gallerie delle Prigioni for research and graphic design for exhibitions. She is now working as a freelance designer, feel free to contact her for commission and collaboration.

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Crossing the Sahara: a route map

A visual investigation made for Gallerie delle Prigioni’s debut art exhibition, Sahara: What is written will remain, dedicates to the cultural heritage of the desert.

With the concern that the idea of Sahara might sound too remote for most of the exhibition visitors, an extensive study about today’s cross-Sahara travelling was undertook, in search of perspectives which could make the subject relevant to our living experiences. The result is this routes map placed right in the first room of the exhibition space.

From the information gathered from news articles and  reports, a few commonly-used paths by the desert frequent travellers—African refugees, human traffickers, environmental migrants, international tourists and truck drives who work in uranium and oil fields—are reconstructed by around 400 satellite images from Google Earth.  

As the curator wrote on this infographics: Crossing the Sahara Desert is an age-old phenomenon, for centuries, the trans-Saharan trade routes linked the Mediterranean and sub-Saharan Africa, where caravans, travellers, and nomadic tribes exchanged goods, manuscripts, and language across the desert. From the main cities of Gao and Agadez, through the remote villages of Ghardaïa and Qatrun, up to Tripoli and Algiers along the Mediterranean, these paths are still the main means of travel through the Sahara today. Visualizing the diverse geography with satellite images from Google Earth, this display reveals how historical, political, social, environmental, and economic factors have shaped the contemporary desert journey.

You can also check out the google map version here.

English writing and editing bySuzanna Petot;
Italian translation by Chiara Longhi and Giorgia de Luca; 
Photos by Marco Pavan.