In the Pacific there are not only paradisiacal islands with evocative names but also hells, such as the island of Nauru, the perfect metaphor for capitalist greed, environmental collapse and dehumanisation
Nauru is a small island in the middle of the Pacific, off New Guinea. It is also the ironic metaphor for environmental and human destruction. Threatened by global warming and ruined in every way by the brutal exploitation of its natural resources (phosphates), now one of its main sources of income is ceding its land to the Australian government to set up refugee camps. An island closed to outside curiosity. Flemish creators Silke Huysmans, of Brazilian origin, and Hannes Dereere, both rising stars of Belgian avant-garde, went there to gather information for a documentary and performative theatre project to denounce colonialism, extractive capitalism, migration and the destruction of nature.