Myriam Mihindou's "political and spiritual message"

Myriam Mihindou, at the CAAM, along with several of her pieces for 'The theater of memories'. / ARCADIO SUAREZ

The Franco-Gabonese artist stars in the retrospective 'The theater of memories', which can be visited at the CAAM until September 18

Victoriano Suarez Alamo

Franco-Gabonese artist Myriam Mihindou It is not an island in the middle of nowhere. His creative universe lives on the land and the societies through which he has traveled and this is reflected in the retrospective exhibition that, under the title
'The theater of memories', is exhibited from yesterday until next September 18 on the ground floor of the
Atlantic Center of Modern Art (CAAM), in the capital of Gran Canaria.

«The project shows the experience of the relationships of the territories through which I have transited and in which I have lived:
Gabon, Haiti, Reunion Island, Sudan, Egypt, Morocco, Italy, France, Senegal and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. It is the fourth time that I exhibit in this city and the first time that I do it in a retrospective. Previously I have done it in collectives », the African artist pointed out yesterday on the occasion of the first individual of her work that is carried out in a Spanish center or museum.

The complex, aesthetic and sometimes conceptual universe of Myriam Mihindou comes to life in some thirty pieces that include everything from
photographs to sculptures, installations and videoswhich have been selected by curator Lucie Touya, a French-Malian who lives in Kinshasa.

His attachment to the land he walks on is clear in some of the creations of 'The theater of memories', where he has used since
salt from the Tenefé salt flats, in Santa Lucía de Tirajana, to stones from the Arucas quarry.

The foundations

Under this premise, a "political and spiritual" project is erected, foundations on which the creator herself recognizes that her artistic universe is built.

"I try to put into practice a feeling of empathy with the human being as a member of a great planetary family and whose heritage is currently indivisible," said who gives a transcendental value to his passage through the Canary archipelago.

The islands are big families to which I pay more and more attention, on which I have learned strength and humility. They live with the water, the earth, the fire, the clear sky and the stars that are at the origin of the towns, of the people and of the seeds carried by the
wind from africa and of which I am a faithful hereditary representative, "he said.

«My matrolineal culture leads me to recognize powerful mothers and women, bearers of hope and protectors of the living and intuitive being. I hope that they can be more and more present in the face of the challenges that this new century brings, since the
brotherly relations they are the only guarantors of a serene and lasting future”, he stressed in these difficult times of wars and pandemics.

Orlando Britto, director of the CAAM, admitted to the media that he was "fascinated" upon discovering the creations of this versatile creator in the
Bamako Biennale, with an exhibition outside the National Library.

Work line

This retrospective, he stressed, is also framed within
“a line of work that gives identity to contemporary creation in Africa” and specifically to artists who have emigrated to other enclaves, especially Europeans, but who remain "connected with their origins."

Mihindou was present at the collective
'Lucy's Iris', that under the curatorship of Britto was exhibited at the CAAM in 2017 and in the project
'Crossing', produced by this same center and Casa Africa in 2008, under the curatorship of Joëlle Busca and Christian Perazzone.

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