EXTRACTION: THE RAFT OF THE MEDUSA (2019)
printing, format 14 X 26 cm, 128pp., Portugal / Spain
Text: Salomé Lamas, Lars Henrik
Grass, Isabel Ramos
Design: ilhas Studio
distibution: Estraperlo Editora
Printing: Gráfica Maiadouro
Support: Interseccion –
Contemporary Audiovisual Art Festival, Fundación Luís Seoane and Deputación da
Extraction: The Raft of the Medusa is a meditation on humanity’s massive redesign of the planet and a dystopic pamphlet on the anthropocene.
It portrays a brief moment of euphoria as the drifting occupants on the raft, hoping and praying to be rescued, appear to glimpse a possibility of salvation. We can almost hear the hoarse cries through which they attempt to draw attention to their desperate plight, mustering a final ounce of strength before the void. This is their last chance of survival.
Extraction: the Raft of the Medusa refers to the colonial paradigm, worldview, and technologies that mark out regions of high biodiversity in order to reduce life to its conversion into a resource through capitalism, with an enormous environmental and social impact.
It is an allegory for states of emergency in environmental policy, climate and migration, with an ethical-political purpose.
Extraction: The Raft of the Medusa is a multidisciplinary project realised between 2019 and 2020. It comprises four homonymous works, two films, an installation and a publication.
Extraction: The Raft of the Medusa is a publication dedicated to the scope of the project featuring, inedited photographs, 10 texts to the same allegoric image written in dialogue with other authors, project notes and a preface by Lars Henrik Grass.
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