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Atlas des îles perdues, Edition 2107 and île perdue – Fakaof

Marie Velardi

Kochi-Muziris Biennale

Kochi-Muziris Biennale

Atlas des îles perdues (The atlas of lost islands) (2007) by Marie Velardie seeks a dialogue on the fate of scores of inhabited islands across the world that face submergence due to rising seas. The installation consists of ink drawings Velardie made of many such sinking islands, among them Minicoy in The Lakshadweep and the many islets that form The Maldives, both situated off the coast of Kerala. These are arranged in a rough geographic order on the walls of a gallery converted into an open globe by plotting meridians along its length. In the middle is situated Velardie’s Atlas des îles perdues, a bound volume from the future containing all the drawings. Its cover announces the date of its release: 2107, by when all the islands it lists would have disappeared under the sea.

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  • Title: Atlas des îles perdues, Edition 2107 and île perdue – Fakaof
  • Creator: Marie Velardi
  • Physical Dimensions: 16.92 x 12.20 x 1.96 in and 11.69 x 8.26 in
  • Type: Installation
  • Medium: Bound book with gilding, reproductions of the “Lost Islands” drawings with their names, places and coordinates \ 110 pages and ink, watercolor and pencil on paper
  • Gallery: Aspinwall House, Fort Kochi
  • First Creator: 1977
  • Date of artwork's creation: 2007 and 2007
  • Creator's practice: Geneva and Paris, France.
  • Creator's date of birth: Geneva, Switzerland.

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