For his residency at Le Cube – independent art room, Mohamed Abdelkarim will be developing a part of his project, Let the sea eat me : To perform a ferry.
This long term project is a discursive work that questions and reflects on the history of fugitives or renegades, during different phases – like immigrants, mercenary tourists, rovers, queers, and exiles – and their relation to the sea as a zone of dissimilarity.
How can the sea and water contribute in the emergence of fugitive communities?
How can we perceive the production of sea fugitives’ and crosser’s narratives?
Does the sea play a role of a natural frontier, and a zone of dissimilarity in the history of fugitives?
Can we disregard the relationship between the sea and physical elements, such as bodies, water and buoyancy, to understand the essence of these relations?
Mohamed Abdelkarim tries to answer these complex questions through a going back to history of pirate communities who emerged in the east of El Minya, in Egypt, and who were targeting Méhémet Ali and his military forces; as well as the Republic of Salé, in Morocco, which was constituted of renegades who took piracy as their principal commercial activity.
By the appropriation of historical key moments, the artist’s aime is to look for new manners to define a sea performance, and its role and position in contemporary history, notably that of immigrants.
The texts, photographs, sounds and videos will be used for the creation of a series of performances.