Raft of the Medusa
2019 - 2013
Materials: Audio visual installation: reclaimed wood, laquered glass, used clothes, rope, oars, ladders, various objects, 3 HD monitors, 3 Brightsign 4K HD224 media players, stereo audio speakers.
Dimensions: Variable 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 (1818-1819, Théodore Géricault), the work is a symbol of man’s fragility, helplessness and hope, evoking the fateful journeys of slaves and migrants throughout history.