Equatorial Guinea - Expo Zaragoza 2008

Equatorial Guinea at the Exhibition Expo Zaragoza 2008
© Philippe Lemaire

A journey through words that cannot be postponed. This is the proposal of the pavilion of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, whose concept 'The House of Words' places communication and exchange at the centre of the exhibition space. The visitor finds himself in a house whose walls and floor are covered with text. In a corner, a film is projected and we listen to the comments of the elders of the tribes of this country, comfortably installed on soft cushions. Tales and poems related to the theme of water then immerse the visitor in another culture. Riddles are displayed on the walls. This is an open exhibition, as the house has 'windows' through which the 'garden' can be viewed. The aim is to convey the richness of culture through oral language. And to spread the idea that water is synonymous with rest. In Equatorial Guinea, the House of the Word serves as a cultural centre where advice is given and received, where young people are educated in ancestral traditions, where clan solidarity is proposed and where social justice is exercised. In this house made of trunks and covered with tiles and nipa leaves (woven palm leaves), water welcomes the visitor. Just as in the Equatorial Guinea pavilion at the Expo: the word is fundamental for the future of civilisations.

© Exposicion International Zaragoza 2008