|The sand pit in the mangrove,between survival and hope, a dugout to bring mangroves and to
disseminate them, a way of regenerating the environment
Context : « WorldWatchers
2 », Frenchman of Douala cultural centre, Career Bamenda, Quarter of
Youpwé, Douala, Cameroon
Dates : January 7th January-24th, 2009
Situation: A sandpit in the quarter of Youpwé, an
Materials : Pirogue, stakes and wooden poles, ropes
and thin cords, cloths, painting acrylic, about 250 stems of leaves
of raffia of salt water, about 200 young mangroves, printing
impression throw of ink on vinyl, plate of plywood and 2 gibbets.
Device : A pirogue with planting
of mangroves, a sail with texts, a panel of 6 pictures
Collaboration : David Séh, Salifou The
A Risseng, Mosom A Zitchem Philipp and Mickael Mhi, regular
assistants; Patrick Ekole, fisher; Roy Bassiy and Molongo james,
assistants of the fisher; George Fodouop, assemblage photographs,
computer engineer of the CCF; Koko Komegné, painter.
Size : Half a circle of 40 m in the
mangrove swamp, height maxi 5 m.
A site in end of pier for the
establishment of the panel of pictures of 1,20 m of breadth by 1 m of
height and 1,80 m with gibbets.
The frame is impressive. They seem to
sink in the mangrove swamp when they borrow the way of career. This
way becomes thrown, supervised by channels and by a luxuriant
vegetation of marsh. In the distance, denser and especially higher,
the mangrove swamp blocks us view. They are unable to locate the
river. Then the tide confuses the landscape. Waters leave, quickly.
Here and there some cans which come to say that we are dealing with a
shaded space, in the course of colonization.
Since then I progressively acquainted
with such signs of acculturation of the mangrove swamp. Battle is
here unequal so much pressure anthropique is strong. For these
reasons, I searched a correlation with inhabitants of the place, a
necessary element for the realization of the installation: 'load '
people, implicate them in plan, between borrowing of techniques and
I decided then to install an implement
constituted by three elements which are to put in contact, these
increasing mutually: a pirogue accompanied with a planting, a painted
sail and a panel of photographic pictures. Represented concerning
context the place participates completely of the installation. It is
this frame necessary for the evaluation of accomplished job. They are
led to receive the installation across the ambience of the place,
between the bustling activity of the men, behind us in career, and
the peace of the mangrove swamp which stretches opposite It is a
question for me of installing the visitor in the middle of the
implement so that he can in his turn to weave relations with middle …
However the installation in its three
elements is not only demonstrative. It dresses, not without humour,
an informative character over which local actors could take, between
taking over and interpretation. Indeed, realization is given in the
place. This one becomes a support which favours exchanges between the
different actors of middle, as with my assistants, the occasional
partners, of workers of the sand quarry or of the local residents...
Gilles Bruni, Douala, janvier 2009