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Details & Cataloguing

Modern & Contemporary African Art

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London

Pascale Marthine Tayou
B.1967
CAMEROONIAN
LAMPEDUSA
marbles, mixed media on wood in artist's frame
165 by 212 by 8cm., 65 by 83½ by 3¼in.
Executed in 2015
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Provenance

Almine Rech Gallery, London
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Catalogue Note

LAMPEDUSA by Cameroonian artist Pascale Marthine Tayou demonstrates the artist’s ability to utilize and manipulate found objects and recycled materials. In this case glass marbles, beads and plaster become the Mediterranean Sea surrounding the Italian island of Lampedusa. On the surface the work is quite beautiful, much like the island, but makes reference to the ongoing plight of African immigrants risking their lives to reach Europe by boat. Since the early 2000s, Lampedusa, the European territory closest to Libya, has become a prime transit point for migrants paying people smugglers in Libya to help get them to from Africa to Europe. From January to April 2015 alone, about 1600 migrants died on the route from Libya to Lampedusa, making it the deadliest migrant route in the world.

Modern & Contemporary African Art

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London