Written by Water – Library
Written by Water, 2013–
Notebooks immersed in different places in the Mediterranean Sea, ongoing work
In addition to being the overall title of the Luxembourg Pavilion, Written by Water is also the name of a long-term project initiated by the artist and the title of the work that occupies the south-facing inclined plane of the installation, the only spot in the pavilion exposed to daylight. The work consists of a collection of hundreds of empty notebooks, which the artist has immersed in different places in the Mediterranean Sea during his travels, letting each page soak up the memory of the water.
Forming a library of invisible stories written by the sea, this work invites visitors to ‘read’ the poetic traces of the artist’s journeys around the Mediterranean borders, to transitional spaces fraught with palpable tensions on either side of the divide. Marco Godinho’s project started in 2013 in the Bay of Gibraltar. The notebooks presented here are the traces of actions carried out between 2013 and 2019 in Ceuta, Djerba, Carthage, Lampedusa, Catania, Marseille, Nice, Ventimiglia, Umag, Trieste and the Lido of Venice.