Le Jardin d'Afrique

2021

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Built by the artist and projected to open in 2021, 'Le Jardin d'Afrique' is a non-denominational cemetery, garden and DNA database in Zarzis, Tunisia for people who drowned while crossing the Mediterranean. Koraïchi aims to prove that art can really deal with the most important subjects, encourage compassion and empathy and make a difference in the face of great suffering.

In May 2016, a team from Factum Foundation, joined by Dagestani photographers/trainees, recorded the tombstones at the mosque of Kala-Koreysh (Dagestan, Russia). The initiative stemmed from a collaboration between Factum Foundation and the Peri Charitable Foundation to digitise the cultural heritage of Dagestan.

In 2020, in agreement with Zumrud Suleymanova, former Minister of Culture in Dagestan, Factum rematerialised and donated two of the tombstones recorded in 2016 to Rachid Koraïchi, for the Zarzis cemetery. The tombstones, routed in limestone, with sandblasted inscriptions in French, English and Arabic, will be installed in the Jardin d'Afrique for its official opening.

3D models of one of the stele © Factum Arte

© Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

Detail of the back of one of the stele © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

© Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

Factum Arte and Rachid Koraïchi also worked on the production of a new tapestry which will form part of Jardin d’Afrique. Factum’s tapestry studio worked with Marcos Ludueña on the digital file and the colour selection before the tapestry was woven on Jacquard looms at Flanders Tapestries in Belgium.

© Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

© Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

© Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

© Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

© Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte


 

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