Marie Cloquet was born in Ghent in 1976. She studied at Sint-Lucas School of Fine Arts. In her work, Marie Cloquet likes to move from the center to the periphery, her eye is drawn to destruction, marginalization and the abject. Years ago, while traveling through the West African country of Mauritania, she became fascinated with Nouadhibou. In this coastal borderland town, Cloquet discovered ‘a world under the radar’, which had clearly been deprived of the benefits of globalization. Slavery, beached shipwrecks and other debris, traces of (neo)colonialism and refugees stranded after a failed crossing to Europe. Nouadhibou, no matter how unknown and far away, is a scale model of current world issues.