Lapidarium was born as project in the waters of the Niger:
A canoe filled with men, women, and children, half Charon’s boat, half Trojan horse.
Lapidarium is a mute testimony. Silent like the silence of immigrants at the midway point.
Lapidarium is not an installation.
Each sculpture in Lapidarium is a death notice.
As a whole, they form an Obituary.
Lapidarium is not an Archaeology of human migrations,
no matter how much this might seem to be its cause.
Lapidarium is a rereading of this new lexicon that begins with the B for Barbarous and ends with the X for Xenophobia;
and between them, as an ignominious bridge, the S of the “Sans papiers”.
Lapidarium dates back to the day when humanity left
Africa. Lapidarium attests to the day when humanity continues to leave Africa.
The topography of Lapidarium is composed solely of water.
The Red Sea that parted for the Hebrews on their journey to the Promised Land, is now closed to the return of the displaced.
The Black Sea, witness to the migrations of the «Peuples de la mer» to the Near East, and who continue to drown today before massive indifference.
The Dead Sea, motionless, desolate. The sea where resurrection was invented for all humanity; today the sea of wanderers on their final days.
The Mare Nostrum. Finally, the other shore.