Les Rêves de Tijuca, après la tempête
Erik Samakh

Variable technics and dimensions

Commande publique of the Ministère de la culture et de la communication (owner Ciap) in 2003

Born in Saint Georges de Didonne in France in 1959, Erik Samakh lives and works in Serres in the Haute-Provence Alps in France.

Erik Samakh’s thought is the opposite of any desire for enshrinement that excludes human presence from protected nature. He is interested in modes of behavior and communications, in the relation between things rather than the things themselves, including in this process all living things, which also includes the public. For him, in no case does the relation to nature take the form of romantic isolation and a retreat from the social field. 

In early 2002, the Centre international d’art et du paysage invited Erik Samakh to take part in an exchange program among artists, landscape gardeners, architects and actors of local life (inhabitants, elected representatives, etc.) to produce in situ the replanting of 2,500 trees and bushes by the inhabitants of a region wasted by monoculture and storm. The Tijuca Dreams are a re-invention of garden art and lend us the opportunity to reflect on biodiversity, participative culture, the role of sound in the perception of space and development of territories.


Copyright: Marc Domage