In Oran, Algeria, Algerian artist Sadek Rahim, addresses the loss and hopes of Algerians willing to cross the Mediterranean Sea to other countries risking everything to achieve a dream. He examines through the subtle experience of meeting and participating in the rituals of preparation on the before travel side of Algeria, with the reality on the after side in England and Lebanon, where he was a student encountering both legal and illegal immigrants. His series, The Gravity Paradoxes, is against illegal immigration, because of the incredible loss of life in the journey across the sea that occurs, and the perils and struggles of existence in a country where you are not a legal resident. He remarks the ever-present carpet at these gatherings before travel and uses this traditional element as a symbol of the carpet in stories that can fly you to another place of your dreams. His work uses cement sculptural elements to add gravity to the carpets that he destroys, to prevent the flight of those who do not realize the dangers that lie ahead if they travel and live abroad illegally. His work expresses his desire to protect people from harm, a protective embrace to suggest that home is a better place than the dream abroad.