Meditations on Migration: Prayers
|Dimensions:||W2,8m x D2m x H6m|
|Media:||Mild Steel, galvanized sheeting, plastic, water, perishable food, cardboard, plaster of paris, electronic components: water pump, amplified sound.|
Migration of marginal communities towards perceived economic centres has resulted in a whole new political sensibility which has in turn resulted in people placing themselves at great risk to pursue a new level of economic stability in their lives. This perpetual migration from the periphery to the centre results in the abandonment of deep-seated philosophical traditions in search of the mythological material arcadia. These tragic realities are a consequence of a post colonial historical fact and the widening economic chasms between the centre and the peripheries.
The work creates a metaphor for a house which is suspended in the sky and from which water falls out of and onto a boat, laden with perishable foodstuffs. The water then seeps through the boat onto a prehistoric idol which is made from a material that will dissolve in time. Floating within the water are sealed envelopes carrying the names of some of the migrant refugees who have recently drowned while trying to cross from Africa through to the European mainland. A sound element is placed within the boat to capture the sound of the water striking the boat. This in turn, if amplified to a high pitch, envelopes the viewer as he approaches the work.
Location: Osorio – Canary Islands