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Diane Victor, South African, b. 1964

Leaving the raft, 2016 21st Century
Lithograph on Rives BFK
/20
20 7/8 x 25 13/16 in. (53 x 65.5 cm)

Print
Creation Place: Europe, France, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Charente-Limousine
Gift of Atelier le Grand Village
2021.034

Printed at Atelier le Grand Village

"This stone lithograph was made as a response to the humanitarian crisis of the migrant crossings occurring in the Mediterranean and landing at times on French shores. The portraits in the lithograph are a composite of references taken from current media photos of refugees in stricken boats and floating in life preservation devices.

The work has a small reference to Gericault's archetypal ‘The Raft of the Medusa’, which attempted to memorialise the horrors of the wrecking and survival of a tiny number of the crew of the French frigate, the Medusa. In the lithograph, one of the smaller portraits of an exhausted or dead refugee takes its reference from a figure in Gericault’s original painting."

-Diane Victor

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