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Signed Print Edition of 100
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Celine Fraser, Acquisition Coordinator
Djerba Island is a signed lithograph made by the renowned French street artist Invader in 2020. Coming in an edition size of 100, the print shows a map of Djerba, an island off the Tunisian coast. Each edition of the print has hand burnt edges and the print resembles an old treasure map as Invader uses black ink on yellowing paper.
The print can be seen alongside a variety of other maps made by Invader which the artist uses to detail the mosaic aliens he has installed in cities all over the world. Djerba Island is rendered in an older, more rustic style than some of the other maps made by Invader. Cote d’Azur, for example, features bright and vibrant colours and Invader uses the 8-bit visual register of arcade games throughout the composition.
Invader’s maps are part of the artist’s impressive project, Space Invaders. The project, which Invader started in 1998, involves the artist adorning the street walls of bustling cities with aliens made out of square-shaped, ceramic tiles. The aliens depicted by Invader are characters from the popular arcade game, Space Invaders. Discussing the project, Invader explains ‘I like the concept of decontextualising art to bring it to the streets, to surprise everyday people, while constantly creating new pieces.’