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Mediterranean Cyborgs

Mediterranean Cyborgs, 2019-2022

In situ installation Handwritten scrolls from “Cyborgs Archeology” and “Undefined Scrolls” series, ink and mixed media on paper and walls, engraved cellular concrete, leds. Variable dimensions

Commissioned by the Centre Pompidou-Metz

Courtesy of the artist


In her godotheque (dildo library), Aïcha Snoussi  meticulously collects and presents the vestiges of  a queer underwater civilisation. Invented by techno duo Drexciya in Detroit in the 1990s, the mythology tells of the existence of a half-human, half fish people  born in the ocean depths after pregnant African slaves  were thrown overboard from the slave trade ships. This  cyborg archaeology diverts the tradition of handwritten  scrolls: in contrast to dominant knowledge, the Tunisian  artist pays attention to what goes on in the margins,  to anti-knowledge, and in an unknown language draws  up an inventory of a multitude of protean dildos. On the  backs of wallpaper rolls, these plugs, prosthetic objects  often hybridised with other tools, take shape as traces of a forgotten history. (M. T.)