|Catharsis (English version)
Faced with the prospect of illness and death, restlessness wins, the need to control intensifies. Sacrifices, predictions and beliefs decline depending on the time and the continent, in an attempt to control what escapes us, what we try to bury in oblivion for a lifetime, our destiny sealed by death.
Between two worlds, between two eras, Ousmane DIA mixes European superstitions and beliefs with the rituals of animal sacrifice on the African continent. The masks of the doctors of the Black Death plague mix and mingle with those of animal casualties and scavengers.
The chair, the underlying theme of all of Ousmane DIA's work, reminds us here of our quintessential humanity. It reminds us that we are all linked, interdependent and that we all face the same challenge of going through life's initiations.
Beyond beliefs and superstitions, rites and rituals bring meaning to the chaos that comes with any stage of change, any transition.
With this series, Ousmane DIA questions our capacity to transcend this ordeal. May this latest initiation, which contains the very essence of life, allow us to touch the deepest meaning of the experience.
"Everything is life, whether I live or die" said Christiane Singer.
By Maya Blanco - February 2021
Translation provided by Lakisha Ridley /