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  • Culture

    Set sail 

    By Julia Anderson 17 November 2015

    French artist Mathieu Briand’s stunning exhibition is like stepping into a surreal picture postcard. Et in Libertalia Ego Vol. II,’ at Tasmania’s MONA (Museum of Old and New Art), amalgamates seven years of the artist’s life spent on secluded islands.

    In 2008 Briand began the original project, Et In Libertalia Ego, while living on a small island off the coast of Madagascar. The name of the exhibition was inspired by Libertalia: a pirate utopia described in a book of the same title, by Captain Charles Johnson and supposedly founded in Madagascar in the 17th century.

    Briand set out to establish his own island utopia for artists, free from the normal restraints imposed by the art world. This unique interactive exploration takes visitors on a guided tour through remnants of life on Pitcairn Island, as well the island off the Madagascan coast.

    It combines installations, videos, images, sculptures, a giant puzzle of a palm tree and even a dugout canoe – all of which recreate island life as seen through Briand’s eyes.

    The project has been supported by La Maison Rouge, Paris.

    MONA