Mare Nostrum by Patrick Toucas-Terzian

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Patrick Toucas-Terzian’s piece concerns migrants who have died in the Mediterranean. This painting is called MARE NOSTRUM, it was produced in 2019 and unfortunately remains extremely topical. The cemetery of our sea (our mother) Mare nostrum.

 All around the coast line are some stairs and low walls that lead to nowhere and are inaccessible. The coasts contain threatening protections; the rusty spikes of rejection, the anti-migrant devices. On the shores the shrouds of migrants rolled up in the foam of the waves rest on the waste of the joyous pollution of our societies. In the distance, the possibility of an island where the tree of knowledge lives, the tree of three languages.