Throughout November and December of 2018, I have been travelling within Mexico, the United States, and Germany as part of a new project which attempts to combine multidisciplinary practices to counter-map the purported ‘Global Migration Crisis’, which is too frequently described as ‘a permanent challenge to the 21st-century states and world order’ (Ignatieff et al., 2016).

This has resulted in a collection of the portraits of migrant individuals and families whom I met and who agreed to be photographed and to draw and comment on the map of their migratory experience. I attempted to create a participatory representation of individual experiences, to reintroduce the personal narrative, and to counter-map the mainstream depiction of contemporary migration. This paper discusses the elements and methodology of my work; it also explores the theoretical and practical challenges affecting the representation of the ‘refugee and migration crisis’ as well as how the visual regimes of the news and governments participate in global perceptions of the ‘migration crisis’.