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36 seconds (2010) evokes the loss, disappearance, and disaster of the earthquake. The silence continuously broadcasted, the accumulation of screens, the monitors arranged on the ground like a snake make account of this creeping threat that comes from the ground. The images are blurred, as if dazed, while on a large screen the images of the disaster broadcast by the world's media end up codifying the emotion, losing their sincerity. Maksaens Denis recomposes, with the images of the earthquake, a cohesion of meaning attentive to the sensitive and universal dimension of the context.

Laurence d'Ist


I create this installation in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake that destroyed much of the capital, Port-au-Prince. I was inspired by the stories of people who had experienced this tragedy up close and I collected video images of foreign media in which I strongly criticized their way of handling information vis-à-vis black countries.   

36 seconds was the duration of this earthquake.

This installation was created in situ in Dakar for the Dakar Biennale in 2010 where it won the prize of the Blachère Foundation. It was shown at the National Gallery and later at the Blachère Foundation in Sète, France, in October 2011.

Soundtrack: Jean-Philippe Renoult

25 TVs, 1 video projector, metal recovery and irons, rubble, sound.

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