802. That is where, as you heard, the elephant danced the malinga. The place where they now grow flowers // Sammy Baloji

802. That is where, as you heard, the elephant danced the malinga. The place where they now grow flowers // Sammy Baloji

802. That is where, as you heard, the elephant danced the malinga. The place where they now grow flowers.

An exhibition by Sammy Baloji at Galerie Imane Far├Ęs – Paris.

Artistic and scenographic collaboration.

This installation for the Galerie Imane Fares is a re-reading of a classical salon bourgeois. Two elements are particularly re-designed, the wall paper and the ceiling decoration [two octagons in copper – reference to american or south african metalic molded ceilings]. Both are ‘customised’ with a pattern which is in fact the repetition of a body scarification, from a photo made at the beginning of the 20th century. The exhibited photos of bodies are themselves re-scarified. A series of carved shells is also exhibited with congolese plants in them.

Images by Jc Lanquetin and Sammy Baloji.

The copper elements were produced by the Atelier Eric Van Hove in Marrakech.