Bain de Mer

 

Bain de Mer is a site specific installation created at Helmuth Projects and is comprised of two pieces, and installation (Bato Disik) and a video projection (Bain de Mer). Bato Disik is an installation with a large water bath, filled with multiple boats, similar to the batos used by Mauritian fishermen in their villages, cast out of sugar. Over time the boats disappear, mirroring the disappearance of the fishing trade in Mauritius. Along with the sugar batos is Bain de Mer, an 8 min. video that is inspired by the tragic story of Le Morne, a coastal mountain in Mauritius where an entire village of escaped slaves leapt to their deaths to avoid recapture.