Wednesday Walkthrough: Meriem Bennani: Life on the CAPS

an install shot of three screens in a dark room all showing a text that says 'Rafting Home' but on each screen the image is slightly distorted in a different way
Meriem Bennani: Party on the CAPS, installation view at Nottingham Contemporary, 2022. Courtesy Nottingham Contemporary. Photo: Stuart Whipps.
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Join us for a Wednesday Walkthrough – a gallery tour where artists, experts, researchers and academics give short talks in their field of expertise relating to the concepts explored in our exhibition.

In this walkthrough, Sophie Fuggle explores the trope of the 'prison island' in popular culture and its role in speculative and science fiction. Is it possible to imagine a world without prisons and other forms of detention or will they continue to be a central feature of our existence over the next fifty, one, two hundred years? We will think about how Meriem Bennani takes up these questions in the current exhibition, challenging dominant narratives which focus on individual survivors seeking to escape. Instead, the island is re-imagined from within as a site of community and creativity as well as a place where deeper existential questions are posed by its protagonists. We will spend some time looking at the two installations – ‘Party on the CAPS’ and ‘Life on the CAPS’ before reconvening for a group discussion about the themes and imagery found in the videos.

About the event

Free. Limited Capacity.

Booking is required.

We are unable to provide British Sign Language interpretation for this event.

The duration of the event is one and a half hour. A rest break is not included. Seating is available.


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Speakers will use microphones.

This event will take place in the Meeting Room which is wheelchair accessible.

There are no audio descriptions for this event, although staff will be explaining and describing art works.

If you have any questions around access or have specific access requirements we can accommodate, please get in touch with us by emailing or phoning 01159489750.

Safety during your visit

Please do not attend this event if you/someone in your household is currently COVID-19 positive, has suspected symptoms, or is awaiting test results.

Please observe social distancing, leaving 2 metres between yourself and other visitors and staff.

Staff and visitors are encouraged to wear a face mask in all areas (unless medically exempt).

You can find more details about how we're keeping everyone safe here.

Sophie Fuggle is Associate Professor of Postcolonial Studies and Cultural Heritage at Nottingham Trent University. Her current research focuses on the cultural legacies of France’s penal colonies in French Guiana, New Caledonia and Vietnam.

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