Born Le Port, La Réunion (1992), works and lives in Avignon, France
besser brick, stone, wood, organic and other found elements
Courtesy of the artist
The production of this work was supported by IFN / Embassy of France in Nigeria.
In Reunionese, Malagasy and Comorian culture, the Boukan is the space dedicated to the ceremonial worship of ancestors and divinities, also known as ‘Servis’, and is where the altar is located. Inspired by this tradition, the installation makes visible a practice still perceived today as taboo. In this sense, the work becomes a possible response to the memorial and social issues facing the descendants of slaves and, more generally, the island’s inhabitants. The work is composed of various mineral, plant and animal elements. The amulet-like objects enthroned on concrete brick towers represent different possibilities for opening onto a spiritual world. An open-air temple, Boukan will become the base for a new encounter, creating a gathering space that takes into account the historical and material issues of the exhibition site.
Stéphanie Brossard’s work is included in Gregarious architectures.