January 23 – April 7, 2019 Curators: Gaëlle Morel Salah J. Bachir New Media Wall, Ryerson Image Centre
This silent, two-channel video by French artist Laura Henno was filmed in the Comoros archipelago near Mozambique, Africa, which has become the epicentre of a migration crisis. M’Tsamboro is an uninhabited islet where smugglers often disembark refugees under the false pretense that they have reached Mayotte, a French territory and sought-after destination. Conned and stranded, the migrants must then make additional payment to board boats operated by children. Taught to pilot the boats and avoid border patrols, these boys face all the perils of their illegal and dangerous activity. Henno’s quiet and poetic portraits contrast with the harshness and precariousness faced by her young subjects.
Opening Party Wednesday, January 23 6:00–8:00 PM
Artist Talk with Laura Henno Wednesday, January 30 7pm
Exhibition Tours Daily 2:30 PM
All events take place at the Ryerson Image Centre, unless otherwise noted