FRENCH DOORS 2013-2014

       
     

 

 

When I visited Little Africa, a section of Paris filled with immigrants from Senegal, Cameroon, Congo, Mali, and other African countries formerly colonized by France, the irony of people leaving their homelands in pursuit of a lifestyle fueled by the raw materials, goods and cheep labor, pilfered form their own country reverberated. Beneath the “feel of the African marketplace lived an uneasiness. No pictures….one might be identified as an illegal. The question of “colonial taxes” demanded from “former” African colonies is ignored. I see these pieces as visual reference points for discourse, and many of the titles offer additional cultural or historical context.