Europe is a garden and the rest of the world is a jungle. This is the central idea, taken from an extract of a speech by Josep Borrell –EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy– which is repeated ad nauseam like a hellish soundtrack during the 34' duration of Santiago Sierra's latest work THE MAELSTRÖM made in Gambia in May 2023. Against a wall or on the floor, a group of young Gambians, members of the local football team Tallinding United, repeat police arrest positions one after the other, as if it were a yoga exercise manual. We never see their faces. The "threat" of their anonymous silhouettes gradually turns into a visual game until it becomes a vortex, the Maelström.