The Zon-mai’s catalogue was published by Actes Sud, in collaboration with the Cité nationale de l’histoire de l’immigration.

Zon-mai, nomadic trajectories

This 106 pages book is richly illustrated: the 105 photographs made by Gilles Delmas are screenshots. They are enhanced by a beautiful layout which restitutes the Zon-mai’s atmosphere as well as that created by the 21 performers. Those selected screen captures mirror Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s and Gilles Delmas’s work.
In three short texts, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Gilles Delmas explain the different stages of conception and production of the Zon-mai: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui goes over the question of migrations, of the links between the Zon-mai and the Cité. He also tells about the dance and his work with the Zon-mai’s artists. As for Gilles Delmas, he details the editing and production of the Zon-mai.

"By editing this catalog, do we appropriate this vision?"

“The different perspectives developed by the project managers reflect the zon-mai’s structure which can be seen through various angles. The different statements made by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Gilles Delmas bind the stages of conception and construction together. By nature and by necessity, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui is a nomad, a bohemian, a traveller. Qualifying terms some people fear. By publishing this catalog, the Cité appropriates this vision of all of those who came from elsewhere, in a melting of colors, languages, cultures and beliefs. The Zon-mai is the opposite of the tower of Babel. Here, the language can be understood by every one; it is the body language, the expression of gesture and emotion. It tells us about frontiers, belonging, identity, integration, exclusion, home. Those images testify to the universality of language.”

Christian Dumais-Lvowski (editor of the dance collection at Actes Sud’s) 

Reference points

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Gilles Delmas, Zon-mai, parcours nomades, Actes Sud – Cité nationale de l’histoire de l’immigration, Arles, 2007, 106 pages
ISBN : 978-2-7427-6826-4
Price : 15 euros
Format : 15/20,4 cm

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