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Manufacture of a sail in collaboration with fisherman Wilfrido Buen Ano Lopez and dressmaker Sobeida Valencia. Traditional technique, fabrics from West Africa. Jurubidà, Colombia, November 2019.

Superfish, by Benoit Laffiché and Rodolphe Huguet

With Superfish, the artists Rodolphe Huguet and Benoît Laffiché give us a collective project in visual arts research. Since 2018, they have used this means to take an interest in traditional fishing around the world: from Senegal to Colombia via Brittany.

Published on 12/08/2020

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Superfish carries out collective art research with traditional fishing as a focal point in phase with the recent and historic paths of black communities: in Senegal, France and Colombia with Afro-descendant communities.

For artists, this means instigating a collaborative platform of meetings between fishermen, artists’ collectives and traditional fishing specialists in order to produce exhibitions, publications and performances by opening the creative process to others, artists and inhabitants: fishermen and fishing families, dugout canoe captains and fishing cooperatives, fishmongers, fishing net repairers, surfers, shipwrights, religious teachers, traffickers.

The first area Superfish focussed its research on is Yoff in the suburbs of Dakar in Senegal, which the artists have visited several times since 2018. In summer 2018, they hosted a fisherman from Senegal in Brittany, Mar Gningue, who had the opportunity to meet those working in the fishing sector, terre-neuvas, mussel farmers from Bay of Mont-Saint Michel, fishermen... Mar Gningue was able to take a precise look at our societies. Many interviews were conducted and the exchanges were able to support what the work intended to achieve for both sides, in both Europe and Africa.

Winner of a call for projects by the French embassy in Bogota, in 2019 Superfish continued its research in the Afro-descendant black community of a fishermen’s village in the Pacific from the region of Chocó in Colombia – a black community from West Africa. Continuing their research in Colombia after Senegal immediately allowed the artists to create a collage of the history of slavery, cultural and ancestral resurgences, from one continent to another.

Due to the public health crisissituation related to Covid-19, the exhibition within the framework of the Dakar biennial, the posters and performances in June in Yoff, Senegal, and July 2020 in Jurubidà in the Choco department, and at the Alliance française of Medellín in Colombia have been postponed. With borders closed and exhibitions moved, in Lillemer, Brittany, Superfish has started making a dugout canoe, the main boat used by seafaring people around the world. It will be open to artists’ contributions, Guillaume Pinard will look to create a magic painting, Babeth Rambault has imagined a hiding place, and other invitations have been made.

In the continuity a publication will then document the first in-situ artistic gestures, research, discussions. It will be presented at the Frac Brittany in 2021.

Superfish

Superfish : « A, Lettres » A typographical work in collaboration with Mor Gueye and Manga Niang, dugout letter painters. Painting on wood. Yoff, Senegal, February 2020.
Superfish : « Una vela, a sail » Manufacture of a sail in collaboration with fisherman Wilfrido Buen Ano Lopez and dressmaker Sobeida Valencia. Traditional technique, fabrics from West Africa. Jurubidà, Colombia, November 2019.
Superfish : « Carpet-shell clams and tortoises » Extract from the publication, collages, photographs, working documents, paintings, texts, that reproduce the first meetings of Superfish, the detours and drifts, and fisherman Mar Gningue’s trip to Europe. Cancale, France, August 2018.
Superfish : View of the « OOOOO » exhibition 1 Exhibition on the Yoff fishing wharf, meeting point between those involved in fishing and Dakar buyers from all backgrounds. Formats of 4 images 200x150 cm, 8 images 176x120 cm, 5 images 120x80 cm. Yoff, Senegal, February 2020.
Superfish : View of the « OOOOO » exhibition 2 Exhibition on the Yoff fishing wharf, meeting point between Dakar buyers and those involved in fishing from all backgrounds. Formats of 4 images 200x150 cm, 8 images 176x120 cm, 5 images 120x80 cm. Yoff, Senegal, February 2020.
Superfish : « Carpet-shell clams and tortoises » 2 Extract from the publication, collages, photographs, working documents, paintings, texts, that reproduce the first meetings of Superfish, the detours and drifts, and fisherman Mar Gningue’s trip to Europe. Lillemer, Yoff, 2018.
Superfish : « La collection des films de pêche » An ensemble of images and videos made by fishermen and artists, a film made through images exchanged through social media or made specifically for the Superfish project. Jurubidà, Colombia, November 2019.
Superfish : « Rien n’est vrai, tout est vivant » Extract for the large banner, “Rien n’est vrai, tout est vivant” (Nothing is real, everything is alive) is the title of the final public conference Édouard Glissant gave on 8 April 2010 at the Maison de l’Amérique Latine, to close the 2009-2010 seminar at the Institut de Tout-monde: “Les Transformations du vivant dans un monde en relation” (The Transformations of the living in a related world). Yoff, Senegal, July 2018.
Superfish : « Mar (Fabric n°1) » Photograph collage, Mar Gningue, residency in Bretagne, photography multiplied and arranged like an African fabric or film sequence. Off-set print, varying sizes. Yoff, Senegal, February 2020.
Superfish : « The large banner » “La grande banderole” (The large banner) relates to discussions, and is a large piece of fabric featuring interviews that have been conducted, statistics, literary or scientific extracts, poems, encounters. Cancale, France, May 2020.
Superfish : « Rana Dalmatina » Manufacture of a dugout canoe, in collaboration with Jean-Christophe Roelens, artist. Poplar, sail, oars and engine, 7.20 metres. Lillemer, France, July 2020.
The Institut français and the project

Many partners around the world have taken part in the Superfish project : Art Norac, the Local Council of Artisanal Fishing (Yoff), the Institut français of Dakar, the Alliance française de Medellín and the French Embassy in Bogota.

 

In 2018, Superfish benefited from the support programme of the Institut français in collaboration with Bretagne (French region).

In 2020, Superfish benefits from the support of the Institut français as well as the city of Rennes and Rennes Métropole.

The Institut français works in partnership with local authorities for the development of international artistic exchanges.

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