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Collaboration with Emmanuel Awuni. 

with Ebenezer Nortey

 

Set along Osu beach in Accra, Ghana, the piece is a rite of passage. The performance was repeated every day at dawn for a week, following Emmanuel Awuni and Clémentine Bedos, their encounter with the sea.

                                                                        la mer

                                                                          la mère

                                                                             l'amère

As their bodies immerse themselves in the water, figures drawn and exposed on the fabric of the robe coated with cyanotype chemicals are revealed.

The serendipitous encounter with Ebenezer Nortey turns their experience upside down. 

 

 

 

 

A.Lorde, A Question of Climate

I learned to be honest


the way I learned to swim


dropped into the inevitable


my father’s thumbs in my hairless armpits


about to give way


I am trying


to surface      carefully


remembering


the water’s shadow-legged musk


cannons of salt     exploding


my nostrils’ rage


and for years


my powerful breast stroke


was a declaration of war.