The Sea of Carson

The Sea of Carson, 2019
Framed color photograph
51,8 × 76,8 × 3,3 cm

In between the southern shores of Baja California and the mainland of Mexico stands the island formerly known as Isla Cerralvo. Despite protests from local communities, it was renamed into Isla Jacques Cousteau in 2009. Officially an homage to the marine life filmmaker and explorer, the operation was a diplomatic gesture towards France. Regardless of the light shed on the petroleum explorations of Jacques-Yves Cousteau the name change was approved by the Mexican government. Today, more than a decade after the decision came into force, the island is still commonly named Isla Cerralvo.

The Sea of Carson by Adrien Missika is a homage to marine biologist Rachel Carlson. In her book The Sea Around Us (1951), visionnaire and Avant guard ecologist, Carson reveals the magic and the science of the sea, both flourishing and being flourished by life. The bleached book cover of the French edition (1952), depicting the waves and the colour of blue is taking us to the world of knowledge and facing the real sea, the Gulf of California, formerly known as the Sea of Cortez and once named an aquarium of the world by Cousteau, which is the sea between us.

This work was renamed by Adrien Missika in 2020. The original title was Isla Jacques Cousteau.


The Sea of Carson, 2019