Raft of the Medusa
Matériaux: Audio visual installation: glass, used clothes, rope, oars, ladders, various objects, 3 HD monitors, 3 Brightsign 4K HD224 media players, stereo audio speaker.
Dimensions: Approx 287 x 246 x 380 cm
Exhibition history: 2020 John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, UK; 2019 The Edge, Bath and The Arts Institute, Plymouth UK; 2015 Humber Street Gallery, Hull, UK; 2013 Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK
Courtesy: Lucy + Jorge Orta
The Raft of the Medusa is an immersive three-channel audio-video installation first commissioned by Yorkshire Sculpture Park in 2013. Inspired by the romantic depiction of the shipwreck Le Radeau de la Méduse (Théodore Géricault 1818-1819), the installation is a symbol of man’s fragility, helplessness and hope, evoking the fateful journeys of slaves and migrants throughout history. The video installation was commissioned by the Arts Council of England (2019) and closes a cycle of three performances that took place at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2013), Les Moulins (2015) and Humber Street Gallery (2017).