Tierra de nadie
Galleria Continua, Paris, France.
Curated by Laura Salas Redondo
This work refers to the conquest, colonization, territorial annexation and exploitation of humans and environmental resources in the “Global South”.
Tierra de nadie reflects on the impact suffered by African populations and their diaspora. People who have been forced into slavery and submission through systemic violence, and whose lands have been occupied and raided by world powers. In some cases, these countries keep extracting economic profit off the misery, division of land and predatory policies created under colonial times.
I stand in the gallery with eight hand-sized flags piercing my skin in the upper half of my torso. The flags used are those of the European countries that invaded, colonized and imposed a territorial division of Africa between the 1880’s and until the dawn of World War I: the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, France, Portugal and Spain.