“When you travel in any region of Senegal, the first thing you notice is dumped plastic everywhere,” Monteiro says in a behind-the-scenes video. “And it’s made worse by the micro-detail products selling for everyday consumption. Plastics that are put into other plastics and then again into more plastics. It is an unbelievable system of plastic consumption.”
Urban living only amplifies the situation. “Water, earth, air: no element is spared in a megapolis such as Dakar,” he adds.
To deliver their message, Monteiro and Gal drew from the concept of the djinn: a race of supernatural beings that coexisted invisibly with the early Senegalese—or so they believed.
“Gaia, the mother earth, exhausted by her incapacity to maintain the natural cycles of the planet in front of new modes of life and consumption, resolves to send her djinns, to let them appear to the humans and deliver a message of warning and empowerment,” Monteiro explains.
More than an artistic exercise, The Prophecy is a plea for change, and a call to action, not only in Senegal but, indeed, the entire world.
“We are not going to change my generation, but the upcoming generation can change things if they are educated in time.” says Gal.
The images are currently available for viewing at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, where they’ll be on show through October 25.
[Via Hi Fructose]