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Laura Henno: M’Tsamboro

January 23 – April 7, 2019
Curators: Gaëlle Morel
Salah J. Bachir New Media Wall, The Image Centre (formerly Ryerson Image Centre)

This silent, two-channel video by French artist Laura Henno was filmed in the Comoros archipelago near Mozambique, Africa, which has become the epicentre of a migration crisis. M’Tsamboro is an uninhabited islet where smugglers often disembark refugees under the false pretense that they have reached Mayotte, a French territory and sought-after destination. Conned and stranded, the migrants must then make additional payment to board boats operated by children. Taught to pilot the boats and avoid border patrols, these boys face all the perils of their illegal and dangerous activity. Henno’s quiet and poetic portraits contrast with the harshness and precariousness faced by her young subjects.





Event(s):

Opening Party
Wednesday, January 23
6:00–8:00 PM

Artist Talk with Laura Henno
Wednesday, January 30
7pm

Exhibition Tours
Daily 2:30 PM

All events take place at The Image Centre (formerly Ryerson Image Centre), unless otherwise noted

A boy on a boat on the water wearing a bright pink jacket
Fig. 1

Laura Henno, M’Tsamboro, video still, 2017 © Laura Henno, courtesy Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire, Paris

A boy on a small speed boat on the water with lots of greenery in the background
Fig. 2

Laura Henno, M’Tsamboro, video still, 2017 © Laura Henno, courtesy Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire, Paris

Installation Shots

Fig. 1

Laura Henno: M’Tsamboro (installation view), 2019 © James Morley, The Image Centre

Fig. 2

Laura Henno: M’Tsamboro (installation view), 2019 © James Morley, The Image Centre

Fig. 3

Laura Henno: M’Tsamboro (installation view), 2019 © James Morley, The Image Centre