- Latifa Echakhch
- Micro Vide
- three microphones and tripods
- variable dimensions
- Executed in 2006.
In Tambour 11' she drips jet-black ink onto a tondo, one of the round paintings traditionally mounted in the middle of a ceiling to represent heaven. Placed on the floor, Echakhch drips the ink on the tondo, like a target, connecting with artists like Jackson Pollock. Only she is infinitely more systematic. Ink is normally used for writing, but the length of time it takes the ink to drip and to create the jet-black hole, symbolises the death of free speech, a black hole from which nothing can escape.
Likewise in Micro Vide the microphones have no membranes and in Sans Titre XXVI the carbon – symbol of the distribution of free speech in times gone by – remains unused and without function. In this context, omission and removal are means of adding substance.