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Capucine Vever in residency in Dakar

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While she was in residence in Dakar, Senegal, from May to July 2021, the artist Capucine Vever developed Dunking Island, a video research project looking at the phenomenon of the rise in sea level that is affecting Gorée Island. Historically known as one of the points of the triangular trade route, Gorée island is confronted to the concrete effects of the rise in sea level, which is invisible to the naked eye. Dunking Island looks at subsea floors like landscapes, although they are generally approached as sources to be exploited, and passages. 

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On location on the island of Gorée, view of the port of Dakar, June 2021. 

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Discussion with Moussa Ndiaye at the Kër Thiossane art centre on the history of the Lebu people, June 2021. 

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Interview with Pap Nour, fisherman in Gorée for 15 years, June 2021. 

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Impact of coastal erosion and rising waters on the coastline of Gorée Island, June 2021. 

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Ruin of a house in Rufisque (25km from Dakar) washed away by rising waters, June 2021. 

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Quadraphonic sound recording session in collaboration with Timothée Brochier and Yann Tremblay, researchers at the IRD in Dakar, in the vicinity of the Cape Verde lighthouse (Bay of Dakar) on 23 June 2021. 

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Moving the capture device (video tripod with 25 kg of ballast) during underwater filming in the oceanic fault of the Iles de la Madeleine, Bay of Dakar, with Léo Leibovici (chief underwater cinematographer for Micelium Prod) and Mamadou Badgi (stagehand), July 2021. 

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Fishing net caught in a field of underwater algae off the island of Gorée, July 2021. 

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Filming under the hull of the bulk carrier CORSAIR in the Bay of Dakar, July 2021. 

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Quadraphonic recording (dual stereo) of Lebous fishermen's songs by Michel Tsagli, Bay of Dakar, October 2021. 

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The Institut français and the artist

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Having received a Custom Residency, Capucine Vever stayed in Dakar, with the support of the Institut français, to work on her project Dunking Island.

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