Benera and Estefan
The Last Particles, 2018
multimedia installation (HD video 8 min. 45 sec., photography, sand, aluminium structures, microscope, lab cabinet, etc.), variable dimensions.

According to The Sedimentary Record, the sand of Normandy beaches conceals 4% debris of bombs and metal fragments (“magnetic sand”) from the D-Day landings - the battle that helped end the Second World War and redrew the map of Europe.
Benera and Estefan take this “magnetic sand” as primary material for their installation, thus creating new narratives around the newly revealed particles.
Almost visible to the naked eye, the magnetic sand particles are analyzed under a microscope.
In the video, the particles become the actors of a choreography and gradually take on the appearance of a living organism.

Produced by Frac des Pays de la Loire, photo credits: Fanny Trichet