Le site de Phooliyar à Maurice : l’empreinte de la mémoire des migrations

Abstract : This paper traces the process of the memorialization of migration, material and memory of the indenture labour system in Mauritius. It probes the visual elements of the site and sculpture in Phooliyar as a case study. I propose the site as a counter indenture that was constructed to authenticate not only the mobility of the indentured migrants, but also their descendants and the materiality of the indentured system. The site is a counter archive that gradually unfurls the complex narratives of migration of both the labourers and the following generations. The field research carried out between 2015 to 2018 has helped me to uncover various trajectories of transforming the inheritance of the indenture labour practice into the heritage. In the first part of the paper I describe the making of the site and the monument. I discuss how the Phooliyar resonates the emotion and imagination of the agencies that were engaged in executing the monument. It is an embodiment of the layered cartographical understanding of the land, island and nation-Mauritius of the artist, the government officials and the community. In the second half of the paper I argue that the "indenture process" was deployed to commemorate the history of migration, as well as the method of migration by making the site, Phooliyar.
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Baishali Ghosh. Le site de Phooliyar à Maurice : l’empreinte de la mémoire des migrations. Carnets de Recherches de l'océan Indien, Université de La Réunion, 2019, Varia. ⟨hal-02474956⟩

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