Here lies the ruins of our dreams


After the collapse of the Siyad Barre regime in 1991 , foreign ships moved into the exclusive economic zone of Somalia, beginning a campaign of mass overfishing and toxic waste dumping. The resulting decimation of the marine ecosystem pushed coastal communities to gang up against foreign vessels, demanding ransoms. Soon, this evolved into piracy, a lucrative endeavour when dwindling fishing prospects and state failure pushed the country to the brink of catastrophe. Yet, the public discourse on piracy has centered economic losses over the environmental and human costs that led to the situation. “Here lies the ruins of our dreams” is a meditation on what lies beyond the image of the traditional image of a Somali pirate.

  • Single Artist
  • Other
  • Single Work
  • 2019
  • Analog Collage
  • Collage on paper
  • 150 | 150 | 2
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