The Phantom of Liberty
400 x 900 x 250 cm
Ville de Dakar Prize, DAK’ART 2014
11th Biennale de Dakar – Sénégal
After the October 23, 2011 election in Tunis, the parliament had already started to show its limits and its incompetence, doubled by the establishment of an Islamic government, the artist tells us. The ensuing actions in the city encouraged the artist to reject the government, sometimes in defiance and often in revolt. Ras-Le Bol-Ras-Le-Bol…! (Fed up, we’re fed up…!) Faten Rouissi had enough of the images proposed around her and of the publicized speeches that she wanted proof… enough is enough! So she thought of a sort of therapy against the hypocrisy, the double-talk, and the untruths. She had to get rid of the citizen stress by way of artistic derision. And thus was born the idea to bring people together in a sort of congress (OUR CONSTITUENT)…for the pressing needs. A scene of a film by Luis Bunuel titled “Le fantôme de la liberté” (The Ghost of Liberty, 1974) came immediately to mind. This strange space for dialogue is the result.