The Shadow of the Sea, 2022
On site installation
Ink on paper, thread, salt
Courtesy of the artist
Minia Biabiany explores the affects of colonialism and its effects on the language, territory and bodies of the Caribbean. This thread, drawing and salt installation is inspired by her recent short-story The Shadow of the Sea (Lonbraj a lanmè-la, in Creole): ‘All the shadows here are connected to the course of the sun, but it is the shadow of the sea that dances fastest. That shadow caresses its limits.
Its skin sings, foams, strikes, destroys, and caresses again. That shadow can even shine. Memory that bears the canoes and the kanawa, the pri-pri of the fishermen all suns, the invasion of caravels followed by slave ships smoky with suffering; then boats coming from India, yachts, haughty
and hurried tourists, the parade of cargo merchandise, not to mention the brave seafarers coming to find a better life. The shadow arrives, remembers. It gently digs the legs of the volcano that offer themselves to it’.