Raft of Medusa
Movement and Stories of Lost Dreams: Alexis Peskine at Dak’Art 2016 Biennale
Alexis Peskine’s Dak’Art installation, reminiscent to Théodore Géricault’s ‘The Raft of Medusa,’ focuses on the complexities of migration.
“The costumes were made out of Sacs imigrés, and so I wanted to use that reference to talk about how disposable these people were…trying to get a better life but then generally finding disenchantment on the other side,” Peskine says to Okayafrica.
Another repeatedly recurring visual is the Eiffel Tower, both the real structure as well as miniature models of it that Peskine also worked into the costumes:
The Eiffel towers represent dreams of people going there, but also there is this crown of thorns made of Eiffel towers that can talk about crucifixion or sacrifice. You know, some people talk about the sacrificed generation of Africans that basically sacrificed their lives for the next generation, and to send money back to their people, so that was a reference to that…