Ouidah Return

Guy Woueté

2007, 01:10 minutes, colour, No language

TAPECODE 2045.06

Ouidah Return, is a metaphor not only for the victims of the history of slavery, but also an allegory for the young people who lost their lives on their paths into migration.

Ouidah is the historical city in Benin where a memorial for the victims of the slave trade was erected. To the rhythm of a drum, the traditional music previously used in villages for communication over distance, a man is seen on a beach walking away from the churning waters of the sea. He seems to be heading towards a large group of people gathered under the huge open arc of the monument of the slave trade. The movement of the man walking is repeatedly set back to his starting point, so that the suggested distance to the group of people appears at times to be enticingly within reach only to be placed further yet again. The viewer awaits the auspicious arrival/return in vain. An additional image of shoes is symbolically superimposed onto the scene; an indication of young African people who venture to Europe...

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