Célébration : installation with 70 flag bearers, confetti cannons, 54000 confettis gold star-shaped, variable dimension, 2014, © Slimane Raïs.
Grandson of an infantryman, Slimane Raïs had to seize this opportunity of the Dakar Biennale to pay a triple homage:
The first to 70 soldiers assassinated in Thiaroye (located on the outskirts of Dakar), in December of 1944, an event reminiscent of massacres of May 1945 in Algeria.
The second to 54,000 Senegalese riflemen who fell under the French flag during the First and Second World Wars.
And finally, to his grandfather, who the artist hardly knew, but of whom he keeps a very beautiful and distant memory.
The work is composed of 70 flagpoles and 70 cannons of confetti - 40 cm long, containing about 54,000 pieces of confetti in the shape of gold stars.
A song is played, les Africains (The Africans) a military song, sung by the Senegalese soldiers during the war. The track lasts 4’58”, enough time for the artist to distribute the 70 cannons of confetti attached to the flagpoles. At the song’s end, all of the cannons are fired, 54,000 confetti stars into the air. All of cannons are then thrown to the ground, alongside the confetti, and they remain in this state, until the end of the Biennale.
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