Exhibition from 26 October to 24 November 2018
The Galerie filles du calvaire has the pleasure of announcing the solo exhibition of Laura Henno, M’Tsamboro. After her exhibition, which attracted attention, at the latest edition of the Rencontres d’Arles, she is presenting at the gallery all her work produced in the Comoros.
As a continuation of her projects created in Réunion, in 2009 Laura Henno began working in the neighbouring archipelago of the Comoros, the regional epicentre of migration and its related repercussions. Although until then she had focused on the representation of young people implicated in “marronage,” referring to the act of runaway slaves escaping from slavery, which is now again used to describe the fleeing strategies of migrants, here she looks at the landscape of migration and the lives of people smugglers. M’Tsamboro, the title of the new exhibition at the Galerie filles du calvaire, thus refers to a small uninhabited islet of the Comoros archipelago where unscrupulous people smugglers leave migrants they have tricked and who were hoping to arrive in Mayotte. This insular trap then becomes the place of the first disillusions for these exiled natives of the Comoros, obliged to hide from the border police and their dogs. Through several new pieces and the film Koropa, which has received many prizes, M’Tsamboro multiplies the perspectives on this territory full of contrasts, both illusory and very real, rendered in a poetic realism, but never idealised. (Texte : Florian Gaité / Translation : Sandra Reid)