Spoiled Waters Spilled

Artists
Minia Biabiany
Marjolijn Dijkman & Toril Johannessen
Marianne Fahmy
Valentina Karga
Jessika Khazrik for The Society of False Witnesses
Anouk Kruithof
Rikke Luther
Elvia Teotski
With texts by
Atlas de la France Toxique, René Char, Daisy Lafarge, Lisa Robertson
Co-curated with
Inga Lāce
In the framework of
Les Parallèles du Sud Manifesta 13 Marseilles

Spoiled Waters Spilled

Artists
Minia Biabiany
Marjolijn Dijkman & Toril Johannessen
Marianne Fahmy
Valentina Karga

Jessika Khazrik for The Society of False Witnesses
Anouk Kruithof
Rikke Luther
Elvia Teotski
With texts by
Atlas de la France Toxique, René Char, Daisy Lafarge, Lisa Robertson
Co-curated with
Inga Lāce
In the framework of
Les Parallèles du Sud Manifesta 13 Marseilles

Spoiled Waters Spilled is an exhibition, performance and education program built around exploration of the connection of the pressing issues of ecology and raise of the right-wing tendencies and strengthening of the nation-state, which will take place in Marseilles, Rome, Beirut and Amman over the course of 2020-2021. It starts in Marseille at Les Parallèles du Sud parallel events program of Manifesta 13 in June 2020.

Spoiled Waters Spilled is an exhibition, performance and education program built around exploration of the connection of the pressing issues of ecology and raise of the right-wing tendencies and strengthening of the nation-state, which will take place in Marseilles, Rome, Beirut and Amman over the course of 2020-2021. It starts in Marseille at Les Parallèles du Sud parallel events program of Manifesta 13 in June 2020.

Spoiled Waters Spilled observes the organic circulation of flowing substances such as water and air, which exceed states’ borders while being slowly and often spectacularly poisoned at the local level by human activity. Bringing together artists addressing issues related to toxicity, circulation and water (and rivers in particular) in Marseilles and beyond, some of whom also engage with activism and protest, the project considers how industrial, agricultural and domestic pollutants disrupt the ‘postcard-dream’ image used by cities to promote themselves. The environmental reality of such cities is often quite the reverse: one of degraded rivers, soils, sediments and waters where bodies of all kinds are contaminated.

The exhibition also aims to explore the growing tension between the need for transnational responses to anthropogenic climate change and the enforcement by some nation states of ever stricter border policies, which serve to exclude ‘others’ and often further externalize ecological problems. Rather than opting for environmental protection measures, governments often insist on demarcation, obliquely fomenting fear while denying the reality of the circulation of harmful substances, as if toxicity could be forced to recognize state borders.

Spoiled Waters Spilled observes the organic circulation of flowing substances such as water and air, which exceed states’ borders while being slowly and often spectacularly poisoned at the local level by human activity. Bringing together artists addressing issues related to toxicity, circulation and water (and rivers in particular) in Marseilles and beyond, some of whom also engage with activism and protest, the project considers how industrial, agricultural and domestic pollutants disrupt the ‘postcard-dream’ image used by cities to promote themselves. The environmental reality of such cities is often quite the reverse: one of degraded rivers, soils, sediments and waters where bodies of all kinds are contaminated.

The exhibition also aims to explore the growing tension between the need for transnational responses to anthropogenic climate change and the enforcement by some nation states of ever stricter border policies, which serve to exclude ‘others’ and often further externalize ecological problems. Rather than opting for environmental protection measures, governments often insist on demarcation, obliquely fomenting fear while denying the reality of the circulation of harmful substances, as if toxicity could be forced to recognize state borders.

Marseilles, with its particular geography, port infrastructure and crowded beaches, has long had difficulties with water pollution. Its coastline was recently named among the most plastic-polluted in the Mediterranean. Sources of contamination include the port, the excess of cruise ships transiting through the city’s waters, and the presence of heavy industry. There are oil refineries and petrochemical plants, particularly at the Étang de Berre, as well the Gardanne alumina production plant, which discards toxic red sludge into the sea within the boundaries of the Calanques National Park. The river of Marseilles, l’Huveaune, which flows through the park of the Ballet National de Marseille, has also been severely polluted in recent decades. 

Marseilles, with its particular geography, port infrastructure and crowded beaches, has long had difficulties with water pollution. Its coastline was recently named among the most plastic-polluted in the Mediterranean. Sources of contamination include the port, the excess of cruise ships transiting through the city’s waters, and the presence of heavy industry. There are oil refineries and petrochemical plants, particularly at the Étang de Berre, as well the Gardanne alumina production plant, which discards toxic red sludge into the sea within the boundaries of the Calanques National Park. The river of Marseilles, l’Huveaune, which flows through the park of the Ballet National de Marseille, has also been severely polluted in recent decades. 

CCN Ballet National de Marseille – direction (LA)HORDE, Marseilles, France

September 11 – October 25, 2020

TO THE VENUE'S WEBSITE

CCN Ballet National de Marseille – direction (LA)HORDE, Marseilles, France

September 11 – October 25, 2020

TO THE VENUE'S WEBSITE

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