Famasi Mobil Kongolè, 2019
LAFLEUR & BOGAERT
Installation view BWAC Redhook, Brooklyn, NY
Mobile pharmacies are the main source of medicine for many Haitians. Street vendors carry spires of curved paper covered with pills — painkillers, antibiotics, Viagra knockoffs, condoms, abortion pills and cough syrups.
Michel Lafleur (Haiti) and Tom Bogaert (Belgium) present 4 mobile pharmacies inspired by the “Famasi Mobil Swis” originally commissioned by the Swiss Pavilion at the 2017 Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
The “Famasi Mobil Kongolè” includes electric lights, Congo Blue filter sheets, hand painted cardboard, plastic buckets, multicolored pills, rubber bands and pairs of scissors.
Lafleur & Bogaert (HT/BE) collaborated in three consecutive editions of the “Ghetto Biennale” in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Most recently, they presented a number of sculptural mobile pharmacies (Famasi Mobil Kongolè) at Pulse Art Fair in Miami Beach (2018) and at BWAC in New York City (2019).