In 2001, I crossed Africa for one year. 40000 km by bus, collective taxi, walking, through wild landscapes. This trip made me realise how much the comfort of modern life had separated me from nature and how much I actually depended on it.
Setting up a camp, finding water to filter or wood to cook demanded time, patience and knowledge which I had never learned before.
While we design all kinds of devices to protect ourselves from nature, where we still assert our humanity by our distance from nature, there are cultures where respect and understanding of nature are a matter of survival and identity.
"Acid rain" is part of a series of works featuring objects usually intended to protect human beings from their environment: a tent, some umbrellas, mosquito net, ...become useless after undergoing various alterations.
The rain passes through the umbrellas and transforms the ground into a carpet of ash. The mosquito net is swarming with real or imaginary insects, the tent is pierced with holes and merges with the canopy.
By cutting off all these accessories invented to protect oneself from nature, I create new scenarios where nature takes a dominant position and highlight how much we depend on nature.