Du bakchich pour Lampedusa
Sousse (TUN), 2014
As part of the public art project „Bye, bye, bakshish système“ addressing the issue of corruption in Tunesia (funded by the UN for Development) „Du Bakchich pour Lampedusa“ expands this issue to the European context and the relationship between corruption withdrawing income for social services of the state, which result in continuing social inequality. Corruption is not only a supressed vital issue in Tunesia, but in Austria and the EU as well. The first anti-corruption report was published by the EU in March 2014 stating that 120 billion Euro per year are lost due to corruption. In addition the restricitive immigration policy of the walled Europe majorly contributes to the problematic of refugees risking their lives to enter Europe for a supposed better future.
For „Bakshish for Lampedusa“ a garbage container was transformed into an oversized savings box as sculpture being placed right in front of the Big Mosk in the medina in Sousse, surrounded by screens granting an intimicy similar to settings of elections. The residents of Sousse were called for donating 10% of their irregular incomes of the last 3 years to the savings box. In an official closing ceremony the donations were handed over to the humanitarian aid organization „African Intelligence“ (founded and directed by Father Jonathan; located in Sfax, where the refugees take off to Lampedusa) which takes care of the refugees of Lampedusa.
Thus „Bakshish for Lampedusa“ is not only a symbolic gesture, but a first small step of taking public action – above all promoting communication on this discrete issue in public.
Bye bye bakchich système
Sousse (TUN), 2014
24h pour l'art contemporain
in the frame of a program against corruption by PNUD / UN for Development
Akram Toujani, Emir Ben Ayed, Héla Ammous, LIlia Ben Rohdhane, Rim Rachdi, Mouna Jemal Siala, Moufida Fedhila, Bahri Ben Yahmed, Patricioa K.Triki, Pé Vermeersch, Antonio Sammartino, Géraldine Mercier, Barbara Holub, Paul Rajakovics, Arslane Bestaoui, Faten Rouissi
The project received additional funding by the BMUKK (Ministry of Culture and the Arts)/ Austria.
THE TURN المنعرج
Art Practices in Post-Spring Societies
Kunstraum Niederösterreich, Vienna
Christine Bruckbauer and Patricia K.Triki
Omar Abusaada, Noutayel Belkadhi, Mohamed Allam, Irena Eden, Stijn Lernout, Moufida Fedhila, Reem Gibriel, Inkman, Helmut Kandl, Johanna Kandl, Halim Karabibene, Huda Lutfi, Selma Ouissi, Sofiane Ouissi, Hamdy Reda, Faten Rouissi, Arslane Bestaoui, transparadiso
Video "Du bakchich pour Lampedusa
The video was produced for and screened at the film festival "This Human World" in Vienna on Dec.3, 2016.
Photos, concept, text: transparadiso
Videostills: Arslane Bestaoui, transparadiso
Voices: Nadia Grba, Patricia K.Triki
Editing and sound: Marie-Christin Rissinger
installation at the square in front of the big mosque in Sousse
handing over the donations of the "savings box" to Père Jonathan and his organization "African Intelligence"