Maja Bajevic, Sculptures For The Blind, 2006, video installation including the video Le Voyage (7’54”), sand, clothes, spices, cigarette butts, parts of small boats, red flashlights, guide.
Exhibition view: Witnesses / Testigos, NMAC Foundation, Cadiz, Spain (Curator Jimena Blazquez), 2006.
Photo documentation: Maja Bajevic
Sculptures for the Blind
In our ‘new’ globalized world it seems that differences tend to disappear — you can buy Coca-Cola almost everywhere. But the biggest difference still resides in peoples’ destinies. Goods can travel, contracts can travel, even concepts can travel, but people? For me it was so easy to cross the Gibraltar; it only takes 45 minutes by boat. From the Spanish side you can cross whenever you want, which probably explains the number of Moroccan goods on this side of the sea.
The trip the other way around is somewhat different. It means leaving everything behind for a ‘new,’ ‘better’ destiny, exchanging your ‘poor’ Moroccan existence for a dream of a better world, forever. Going blindly into a dream. A dream that often ends as a nightmare: the small ships sink, get caught, and in the best case the passengers, if everything goes well, disappear in a paperless destiny of immigrants with no rights. That is something we can avoid seeing, if we want. But it is there.