Dakar – Berengere Brooks has no real school, but her art installations, place children where they can learn quickly about life.
In an exhibition at the British Council in Senegal, the French born artist, who has a home base in both Senegal and France, creates four installations in a body of work called “The Early Learning Centre”
Each of the installations represent different times in a child’s life, where reality and expectations never always meet.
The first stop is a large table size checkers board, titled “Reality checkered”. This installation is a reminder that even though equality amongst human beings and sexes are introduced early in life, reality never gives the same chances to everyone at birth.
The second installation is a wide distorted jigsaw puzzle of a male and a female, titled “The full story”, an installation which reminds the audience that people might not always be exactly as expected.
A swing, hanging from a tree makes up the third installation, and this is titled “The Dream Cutter?”, in this installation, brooks advise parents not to allow children to dream to far and too long, because their hopes and dreams might be cut short by the time that they are adults.
The last installation is titled “Hopscotch”, and is designed like the popular playground, hopscotch game, in which players hop or jump through a pattern of rectangles to retrieve a tossed object. In the installation, Brooks advise parents to allow children to develop a socially acceptable behavior so as to make it through to adult life, or to paradise, as the end point in Hopscotch is called.
Brooks, obviously uses her installations to talk about her experiences while growing up, and life’s hard lessons.