The Seychelles Pavilion

It's not only about a Tourist Paradise

Portrait Leon Radegonde (left) and George Camille (right)Seychelles - Biennale Arte 2015

Leon Radegonde (left) and George Camille (right)

George and Leon are telling the international community that the Seychelles are more than the picture perfect postcard of sandy beaches, palm trees and turquoise waters. They address contemporary issues of identity, economic policies and environmental impact.

George Camille, Lalyann anvaisan (Invasive Creepers) (2015-04-01) by George CamilleSeychelles - Biennale Arte 2015

George Camille (b. 1963)

These alien metal creepers, here installed in an old ruined chapel, are like ropes that threaten to tie knots around us. “In the steady insidious progression of these pest plants,” George says, “I see a metaphor for the problems affecting Seychellois society.”

Lalyann Anvaisan (Invasive Creepers), George Camille, 2015, From the collection of: Seychelles - Biennale Arte 2015
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"Lalyann Anvaisan" means "Invasive Creepers" in the native Creole Language. The installation addresses the precarious balance between economic development and its environmental impact.

Lalyann Anvaisan ( Invasive Creepers) (2015-04-01) by George CamilleSeychelles - Biennale Arte 2015

George Camille uses multitudes of thick industrial cables. Each cable is stripped back and the internal wiring is then teased from its dark casing and shaped into leaves.

Lalyann anvaisan (Invasive Creepers) (2015-04-01) by George CamilleSeychelles - Biennale Arte 2015

This multi-media work uses materials which have been decommissioned, reclaimed and sourced locally in Seychelles

Lalyann Anvaisan (Invasive Creepers), George Camille, 2015-04-01, From the collection of: Seychelles - Biennale Arte 2015
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"Invasive creepers" is the largest work created by George Camille. Multitude of thick industrial cable cascade from free-standing metal frames crowned with tanks full of sump oil.

Detail Lalyann Anvaisan (Invasive Creepers), George Camille, 2015, From the collection of: Seychelles - Biennale Arte 2015
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The same electric cables used in massive hotel on the island are splayed open to reveal the leaf forms of the invasive vines; these are wrapping around the rafters of the space while the oil is oozing and coating the leaves.

Leon Radegonde at work, Seychelles Pavilion, Venice BiennaleSeychelles - Biennale Arte 2015

Leon Wilma Lois Radegonde (b.1950)

Léon Radegonde presents works on canvas which dug through the layers of Seychelles' rich yet at times troubled history. Each canvas are intricately worked to encapsulate as well as reveal his memories and experiences. The resulting time capsules serve as a catalyst to forge forward into the future. Out of his dark canvas a new light is emitted.

Script, Leon Wilma Lois Radegonde, 2015, From the collection of: Seychelles - Biennale Arte 2015
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His work consistes of weathered canvases, 'objets trouves', where he leaves his marks of petroleum stains, sun bleaching and decaying earth, all inscribed, sewn, and seared

Post-dated to my grandmother TOUNAN, Leon Wilma Lois Radegonde, 2015, From the collection of: Seychelles - Biennale Arte 2015
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For 55-year-old Radegonde, it is more of a paint-on-canvas affair, portraying his memories and experiences from childhood.

Post-sanskrit (Detail), Leon Lois Wilma Radegonde, From the collection of: Seychelles - Biennale Arte 2015
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On a piece of jute fabric from a gunny sack there are inscriptions that make us think of a message in some ancient script, except that when we look at the material against the light the messages on both sides merge and confuse us.

Post-scriptum to my grandauntie NENN TOUTOU, Leon Wilma Lois Radegonde, 2015, From the collection of: Seychelles - Biennale Arte 2015
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“I wanted to show something that is adrift,” Léon says. Slave, sea travel, Creole, plantation, sweat, breath, agriculture, culture, independence, yesterday, tomorrow – Léon has assembled not only materials and objects but concepts as well.

Exhibition of the Seychelles Pavilion at Palazzo Mora (2015-04-17) by Seychelles Art Projects FoundationSeychelles - Biennale Arte 2015

The Seychelles Pavilion, Palazzo Mora, Venice

Seychelles Pavilion, Venice Biennale by Seychelles Art Projects FoundationSeychelles - Biennale Arte 2015

To speculate upon one's future one must understand one's history. The identity of the Seychelles is being redefined at great speed. The often muted voices of its artists are shedding a new light on the richness and complexity of its culture.
How will this sub-text now be played out with its clockwork sunsets?

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