Additional support provided by the Duke Africa Initiative, the Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation, and the Puffin Foundation.
During her residency in the Ruby, Raquel Salvatella de Prada will develop the art installation Cornered for public exhibition. Cornered represents the motivation and struggles of African immigrants leaving their home country and making an attempt, most often failed, to cross the border from Morocco to the Spanish cities of Melilla and Ceuta, the only European cities on Africa’s mainland.
Cornered will feature video projections from inside a Moroccan table that is covered by a domed screen and fabricated by Salvatella de Prada. As they walk around the structure, viewers experience imagery that captures the atmospheric contrast between frustration and hope. The artist is partnering with Ugandan musician and philanthropist Kinobe, whose musical score synthesizes the migrants’ diverse musical cultures.
Salvatella de Prada is assistant professor of the practice in the Department of Art, Art History &Visual Studies at Duke University. Her interests include commercial and video art, kinetic typography, graphic design, performance, and multimedia. While residing at the Rubenstein Arts Center, she will be working on building the wooden table, using the innovation studio at the Ruby for laser cutting and testing video projections and animations.