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For a Landscape of Water
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Collateral Gains
At the end ot the tunnel / Grotesque / Documentary
The Sand Quarry in the Mangrove Swamp
The Landing Place
Dialogue on Rainy Days
The Carter
The Foutain
The Waste land Carbolux
The Camp of l'Ermitage
The Barque
14 Benches face à face
The Home of Alders

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French Version

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 enlarging quarter.

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 discreet homage.

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


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