Raoul Island is a remote volcanic island in the Pacific Ocean, that New Zealand wants to preserve from the rest of humanity. Each year for a few months, a handful of people are appointed to remove alien vegetation, adjusting a land to fit an idea of original nature.
Naïmé Perrette (1989, France), looks at islands politics, territorial affirmation and ground engineering as palpable expressions of states’ ideologies. Through a range of time-based media, prints and installations, she investigates the way in which identity is accrued, whether through the performance of social relations, or a nations’ staging of their own environmental interventions. Narratives are juxtaposed against the artist’s own re-construction, in order to explore values’ definitions. She layers images, as much as she layers narrations in her video works. She twists perspectives by deconstructing colour channels, and by assembling different angles of vision of the same entity.