The Island Of Goreé
situated in Senegal, (African Westcoast) is known as one of the most important “Slavetrade Places” in history.
UNESCO made it a “Heritage of Mankind”.
It became famous when appearing in the movie “Roots”, the story about Kunta Kinte.
Since that time lots of Afro-Americans visit this Island to see the place where their ancestors may have left the African Continent and find their own roots.
I have once visited this place and while I was standing in the room I have digitally painted here, I was able to feel all those lost souls and traumata………and the tears started running down my face. I could do nothing against being overwhelmed by all the dispair hangin in those old walls!
The background of this digital painting shows one of the rooms of the “Maison d’esclaves”, the Slavehouse, where the prisoned Africans had to wait for the ship to come and take them away.
The portraited Mahgrebian Man may have been one of the Slavetraders who caught the black Africans to sell them as slaves……….the door of the house (not the door shown here) was called “Point of no return”, cause it lead directly to the ship and non of the slaves would be able to ever return home.
This door is in his focus……I placed it dreamy at his eye to show what his focus is on.
This short description explaines my intesion and the title.
I dedicate this image to all the slaves deported from their homes and families in the old times. May their souls find peace!