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Les voyageurs

Date: 2019
Support: Mixed media
Dimensions: Variable dimensions – 44 x 38 x 5 cm
Ink on bone and resin coins, wooden box

Bady Dalloul's work is influenced by his personal history and the notions of territory, border, and travel. Les voyageurs [The travelers] combines an old game box symbolizing chance, bets, and risk-taking, and coins that are snippets of the history of the Syrian, Palestinian, and Lebanese young men who, at the beginning of the 20th century, left their countries to flee poverty and conscription in the Ottoman Empire. They found themselves tricked while in transit in the French port of Marseilles. Aiming to migrate to Brazil and North America, the French colonial authorities send them to West Africa instead. With this poetic and political evocation of an often glossed-over episode of French history, the artist also draws a parallel between this and the similar odyssey of the young men currently leaving Africa for better opportunities in Europe...
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