“Fireflies Memorial” by Francesco Mariotti, José-Carlos Mariátegui, Elisa Arca Jarque

  • ©, Francesco Mariotti, José-Carlos Mariátegui, and Elisa Arca Jarque, Fireflies Memorial


    Fireflies Memorial

Artist(s) and People Involved:



Artist Statement:

    ISEA 2018

    The Fireflies Memorial is a long-term-project which aims to build a hybrid habitat in memory of the murdered ecologists and environmentalists; a collaborative work that pays tribute to all the people and organizations that are committed to the protection of nature. It is also a stance to remember people in Latin America and South Africa who had been murdered during their struggle, such as Honduran environment and human-rights activist Berta Cáceres; Brazilian environmental activist Chico Mendes; and, South Africa’s Wild Coast anti-mining activist Sikhosiphi “Bazooka” Rhadebe. This participative version was installed at The Green Camp Gallery, a rehabilitated space converted into an organic and sustainable lifestyle hub on urban farming and creativity based in Durban founded by Xolani Hlongwa.

    The installation is a work-in-progress that combines light-emitting diodes (LEDs) –simulating fireflies sparks– and organic farming –in teamwork with Nkazimulo Gabuza–; sounds of the Amazonian Huirapuru bird and the South African cicada insect; a visual projection by Crosby Luhlongwane; and, written and spoken texts by Mzwandile Mlangeni which were nurtured and inspired throughout the happenstances.


    Facilitated by Francesco Mariotti. With the support of the Prince Claus Fund and Pro Helvetia.