The installation consists of a video and two dissolving slide projections. The 15 minute long video was shot in a small harbour in Lampedusa, an Italian island well known as a preferred crossing point from Libya into Europe. It shows overnight port activities including ships leaving and landing along with scenes of more than one hundred Tunisian people disembarking from a coastguard vessel, while an amusement park carousel rotates near by. These people are only a few of the thousands of North Africans who face the dangerous Mediterranean Sea in search for job opportunities in Europe.
The 35 mm slide projections are all quotes taken from different authors: B.Brecht, Homer, H.Melville, K.Marx, R.Ellison among others. Though not synchronized, the images and texts invite the viewer to create connections between the two of them.
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Installation view at 161 Bowery, New York

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Installation view at Guest Projects, London as part of the “Shifting Gazes” show

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Video and slide installation – 1 channel video version

Slide projection quotes are taken from:
T.W.Adorno-M.Horkheimer, B.Brecht, H.F.Dahms, R.Ellison, D.Harvey, Homer, International Organization for Migration, K.Marx, H.Melville, G.Stein, D.Walcott, W.Whitman.