“Miroir de sanglots”, Alexandre Mitchell, 2022
(Canson, 180g, 42 x 59cm, Indian ink)


I have entitled this drawing “Miroir de sanglots” (“Mirror of tears”) as a counterpoint to the famous “Miroir d’eau”, a shallow piece of water in which the Place de la Bourse and the quays are reflected (which I represent in my drawing). Bordeaux is an endearing and wealthy city where life is good. However, my mirror reveals an aspect of its history that was hidden for a long time: its sinister role in the trade of black slaves deported from Africa.