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October 13, 2018 - October 18, 2018

Hosted by SPEEDWELL Projects, Barça/Barzak is a pop up shop featuring furniture by Senegalese artist Papa Mendy in conjunction with Making Migration Visible: Traces, Tracks, and Pathways. Each piece is handcrafted and made one-of-a-kind from repurposed wood sourced from traditional West African boats.


The canoe is legendary.
Noah used it to save humanity.
Westerners used it for four centuries for the slave trade.
My African brothers use it for clandestine immigration to the West.
Me I turn it into furniture as a sign of hope.


La pirogue est légendaire.
Noé s’en est servi pour sauver l’humanité.
Les occidentaux s’en sont servis quatre siècle durant pour les besoins de la traite négrière.
Mes frères africains s’en servent pour immigrés clandestinement vers l’occident.
Moi je la transforme en meubles en signe d’espoir.
- Papa Mendy


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October 13, 2018
October 18, 2018
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630 Forest Avenue
Portland, ME 04101 United States