an artwork by: Stephen Korytko (SKIN) & David Brognon & Stéphanie Rollin
A barely sketched outline or a contrario carefully mapped in the true, concrete and frightening sense of the term with Cosmographia (Gorée Island), 2015. Synonymous with tourist escape in the 20th century, the island is primarily a desolate, deserted and cut-off place. An island that is a symbol of the trafficking and imprisonment of men by mankind, Gorée is home to the House of Slaves. Centimetre by centimetre, spanning more than 6 days, the 2,3km outline of the island was reproduced on paper, put in envelopes and sent to Brussels to be stored and classified, using an archive system chosen by the artists: a total of more than 3,064 geographical fragments and prison escapees before being reincarcerated and sealed in a merciless stainless steel shelving unit.