exposition devenir ocean oksana chepelyk

Inaugurating Oksana Chepelyk’s exposition at MMSH Aix on May 23 and 24

Become an Ocean – 2024

The project explores marine biodiversity in the context of the concept of the Mediterranean Heritage as a common Natural Heritage. This project brings together: the quadriptych “Genesis: Mother-Whale”, installations such as “Medusa”, “Murmuration: Manta Ray”, and four audio-visual installations: “The Ocean”, “Gaia”, “Garden of Exoskeletons”, “Ecocide”, etc. These aim to explore the relationships and coexistence between aquatic environments in the struggle for their survival and humans.

These relationships are questioned based on an ethical coexistence, through this ensemble that both raises awareness and denounces, highlighting some of the many factors responsible for the degradation of marine environments. Combining scientific data, philosophical reflections, and artistic works, these pieces aim to account for the anthropogenic impact of humans on marine environments.

Referring to the Gaia theory, the project is an invitation to shift towards an ethical paradigm in favor of all other living creatures, so that humans can more easily descend from the pedestal built upon anthropocentric concepts and become part of the ecosystem.

The exhibition is organized by the Mediterranean House of Human Sciences (MMSH, AMU-CNRS). It is carried out in collaboration with the Mediterranean Institute of Oceanography (MIO), the Mediterranean Institute of Biodiversity and Marine and Continental Ecology (IMBE), and the Mediterranean Institute of Advanced Research (Iméra).

For more information on Oksana Chepelyk’s research project at Iméra, visit her resident page by clicking here!


From May 23 to September 15, 2024

Mediterranean House of Human Sciences (MMSH)

5 rue du château de l’horloge – 13090 Aix-en-Provence

Buildings A and C (hall and projection spaces)

Inauguration – as part of the GlobalMed network meeting – The Mediterranean the world from Prehistory to the present day on the theme “Heritage in the Mediterranean: global issues” (May 23-24)

Open to the public – from May 23 to September 15, 2024

(at the opening hours of the MMSH and in compliance with the rules in force under the Vigipirate plan).


Artwork 1: quadriptych “Genesis: Mother-Whale”, 2023

Artwork 2: “Medusa” installation, 2024

AUDITORIUM (May 21-29)

Artwork 3: “THE OCEAN”, HD, 13 min., 2021


Artwork 4: “Murmuration: Manta Ray” installation, 2024

Artworks 5, 6, and 7: “Gaia” 5 min., 2020, “Garden of Exoskeletons”, 8 min., 2023, “ECOCIDE” 13 min., 2023