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Matthias Moravek
L’Ephémère disparu

Graphics in a public space. During his artist residency in Saint-Louis, Senegal, Matthias Moravek decided to work directly on walls and structures in public spaces. Networks of temporary drawings made with white chalk filled these different locations, but vanished over time because of the rainy season. Inspired by the painting, “The Raft of Medusa,” he depicted damaged boats, ships and flags similar to the French painter Théodore Géricault. And what do they symbolize? Failed expedition. By drawing on broken down materials, Moravek deliberately avoids the colonial attitude of occupying public space.
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