|Subtítulo||3 perspectives on departure|
|Autor||Adamantios Kafetzis, Judith Quax, Vincent Michéa|
|Editor||Raw Material Company, Koyo Kouoh|
|Producción||Marie Cissé, Marie Hélene Pereira|
ABSENCE: 3 perspectives on departure features three European artists working on issues related to migration, religion, and popular culture in Senegal. While most exhibitions around migration tend to look at the trans-national political and geographical space, this exhibition focuses on intimacy and privacy. The perspectives are those of the migrants; what they leave behind them and what they recreate at destination to build a sense of attachment.
A subtext of the exhibition is the recurrent presence of the representation of Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba, founder and supreme leader of the Mourid Brotherhood—a Sufi-oriented Islamic current strongly established in Senegal.
The series of four photographs by Adamantios Kafetzis is built around the idea of the recreation of the self in a foreign environment. Kafetzis lived with various immigrant communities in Greece and produced a visual narrative of their lives in relation to their faith. The series about Senegalese immigrants in Athens shown in this exhibition portrays a site of their religious practice. The photographs are composed like conceptual paintings with a strong sense for icons. They convey a feeling of religion as a retreat and refuge. Bamba’s portrait serves as an icon for many Senegalese migrants. It is in him that they place all their hopes and desires for better life.