Mathieu Briand
Et In Libertalia Ego
Et In Libertalia Ego


Starting in 2008, Mathieu Briand set up a temporary studio on a small island in the Channel of Mozambique (Madagascar). This is a sacred place, inhabited for generations by a Malgache family that agreed to allow Mathieu Briand to invite a number of artists (such as Pierre Huyghe, Gabriel Kuri, Rudy Ricciotti, Francis Alÿs, etc.)  to create works in situ or send instructions for others to do so. The project is called Et in Libertalia Ego, an allusion to the famous inscription in Nicolas Poussin’s painting Et in Arcadia Ego. The idea is to recreate Libertalia, the pirate’s utopia described in A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pyrates (1724), whose origins are an ambiguous mix of fiction and reality. The author’s name, Captain Johnson, may have been a pseudonym for Daniel Defoe, the author of Robinson Crusoe.

Edition La maison rouge – Fondation Antoine de Galbert, Paris
Author: Mathieu Briand
Published in 2015
French edition
16.0 x 21.0 cm
284 pages, 270 illustrations
ISBN: 978-2-9551856-0-5