‘Rima’ is a Maltese word used to describe the ripple that a boat leaves behind as it moves across the water; it also means ‘rhyme’. Together, these connotations reflect the themes of departure, exile, detachment, trace and desire that RIMA explores through a series of creative collaborations produced by artists, scholars and migrants. Since its inception in 2014, the project has published a collection of migrant narratives and images in the book, Undertow: Poetics of Displacement, published with EDEBooks (Malta), produced diverse workshops and public events, launched a sold-out theatrical performance and produced a successful migrant film festival with Archivio delle Memorie Migranti (Rome).

The year 2018 sees more workshops taking place, the production of a short movie, a film festival and a final exhibition that showcases work produced.