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Woven Passages, 2022
Manon Garcia del Barrio
200 x 180cm
Materials: water hyacinth, rice bag, polyester
Handicraft weaving: traditional Nigerian armor Aso Oké

Sewing: eyelets and reinforcements specific to sailing upholstery.

Laureate of  the Passages residency, Manon Garcia del Barrio is a textile artist who lives and works in Marseille. 

In Lagos, she wove a sail which reflects her portrayal of Lagos' identity between city life and nature. She learned traditional textile patterns such as Aso Oke which she reinterpreted in her weaving. 

Woven Passageways

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Typology

Production residency

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Duration

8 weeks

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Destination

Lagos

AAF presentation

 

Co-production

French Institute of Nigeria, French Embassy in Nigeria,AWCA, Alliance Francaise, The Citadel of Marseille, Style House Files

" In the immensity of the port of Lagos, Passages Tissés is a poetic fragment. An object that contrasts with the frenzy of commercial and urban activity. This veil is a banner. It symbolizes the urgency to slow down and the need to reconnect with nature. When sailing, we are forced to listen to the elements; the rippling sea, the wind rising and giving direction, the wood of the hull creaking under our feet. In Lagos, I see the water hyacinth invading the lagoon, as if nature was trying to reclaim its rights in this concrete jungle. Plastic is everywhere around us. The fishermen create their sail with plastic bags of rice. I observe Lagos and cannot help but draw the parallel with my dear Massilia; What if we started a journey to a different society? "

The sail was able to parade in the port of Apapa on a unique wooden boat at world: the Tarpon. This collectible boat is only made in Nigeria and only twenty boats still exist today.

 

Manon Garcia del Barrio collaborated and worked with a local craftsman, Ibrahim Moruff, a weaver in Lagos, and the Lagos Yatch club, which made possible the navigation and the development of these unique boats, the Tarpons.

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"This sail is a banner. It symbolizes the urgency to slow down and the need to reconnect with nature.
When sailing, we are forced to listen to the elements; the rippling sea, the wind rising and giving direction, the wood of the hull creaking under our feet."
MANON GARCIA DEL BARRIO
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French Embassy in Nigeria (SCAC)

The Service de Coopération et d'Action Culturelle (SCAC) is the department of the French Embassy that defines and monitors France's cooperation with Nigeria in the cultural, educational, academic and scientific fields.

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French Institute in Nigeria

The French Institute in Nigeria works for exchanges and cultural cooperation between France and Nigeria, by encouraging debates of ideas and sharing of knowledge between the two countries, through all areas of creation.

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A White Space Creative Agency

A Whitespace Creative Agency is an agency based in Lagos, Nigeria. Founded in 2014, the agency was created to find and support young image creators creating and producing strong and dynamic visual content that resonates both locally and internationally.

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Alliance Francaise de Lagos

The Alliance Française de Lagos is a Nigerian non-profit institution dedicated to the promotion of the French language and Francophone cultures, and to the promotion of cultural diversity.

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The Citadel of Marseille 

Located in the heart of Marseille, the Fort d'Entrecasteaux, also known as "Fort Saint-Nicolas", will gradually open its doors to the public from spring 2024. The Citadel of Marseille, carries its opening project as well as the restoration of the place, classified as a historical monument since 1969.

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Style House Files

Style House Files (SHF) is a fashion business development agency primarily focused on advancing the Nigerian and ultimately African textile and apparel industry through company-created initiatives at this end.

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