ECHOS is a collective exhibition, which invites six artists to encounter the environment by interrogating the place of human beings and their impact.
Aàdesokan Adedayo, Ayo Akínwándé (Nigeria), Younes Ben Slimane, Mohamedali Ltaief (Tunisia) as well as Fatim Benhamza and Amine Oulmakki (Morocco), alert the public to environmental problems and thus echo alerts from around the world of science.
By addressing the issues of waste management, the consequences for nature and living beings and – despite everything – the hope of being rescued, the artists reveal through different media such as installations, photography and video the reality experienced in Africa from the environmental prism.
Waste identity – Bola Bola living
The photo installation Waste identity – Bola Bola living focuses on the movement of waste as a metaphor for human migration, and demonstrates the urgency of dealing with it. The artist conducts a field study of Africa’s largest landfill site, Olusosun (Lagos, Nigeria), to reveal the ecosystem born around it. In his series, he highlights the Bola Bola, migrants who have settled there and built their habitat and commercial relations thanks to the recycling of waste.
Climate Fools is a multimedia installation that relates the consequences of the accidental detonation of a stock of explosives in 2002 in Lagos. More than six hundred people drowned in the large Òkè-Afá canal, which runs through the city of Lagos. This installation takes up the architecture of the canal in an immersive environment that takes the viewer on a visual and aural pilgrimage to the site of the disaster. By addressing a man-made catastrophe, the artist denounces the destructive impact of human actions on the environment.
Younes Ben Slimane
All come from dust
With the series of analogue photographs All come from dust, the artist documents the life of the craftsmen and the manufacture of the solid brick to tell their story, to memorize it, and finally to encourage, in part, the preservation of this ancestral know-how.
Through the video Homrane, the artist proposes a narrative of a utopian place. Homrane is made up of intimate and abstract fragments of a body, that of Slim Baccar, which returns to himself and to the earth, the forest of Ain Draham in Tunisia. It is an invitation to re-incorporate oneself into nature and thus to find one’s own nature.
What do you choose to see
With the project What do you choose to see, Fatim Benhamza presents a triptych that engages a reflection on recycling as a resource and invites us on a journey of the metamorphosis of waste. The artist encourages us to reflect on our choices, by asking the question: “What do you choose to see?”. The choice to send a waste product to death or to life, a small reminder of our civic responsibility.
Vaine tentative de planter un arbre
Amine Oulmakki has created a character in its own right, a man-donkey, committed to acting for the planet. One of his civic actions is to plant an olive tree. He travels the city at the vain search for an ideal place to welcome the tree, an ancient symbol of the Mediterranean.