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
Co-curated with
Inga Lāce

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
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.

Projects idea arises from the organic circulation within the Mediterranean, turning towards fleeting substances like water and air that overflow state borders in the meanwhile being affected by human activity locally. It brings together local and international artists delving into the issues of water, hydrology, circulation, borders and toxicity in Marseilles and beyond through poetry, video, installation and performance. It is also looking at how pollutants disrupt the ‘postcard dream’ of the Mediterranean cities deforming rivers, soils, surface/deep and salt/freshwater, silts and other sediments affecting all kind of bodies. The project also aims to explore the growing correlation between an increasing climate chaos that should be addressed across borders, and nation-states enclosing their borders even tighter, excluding any sort of ‘others’.

Marseilles, with its crowded beaches, port infrastructure and geography has long had difficulties with water pollution. Recently, the city was named among the most plastic-polluted coastlines in the Mediterranean, according to the World Wide Fund for Nature. Contamination comes from the port, the excess of cruise ships transiting through the city’s waters, low air quality, heavy industrialisation of the regional seaboard including the presence of oil refineries and petrochemical industries — particularly at the Étang de Berre —, as well as the rejection of effluents (toxic red sludge) by Gardanne’s alumina production plant into the sea, notably in the Calanques National Park. Even the river of Marseilles, L’Huveaune, has been severely polluted in the last decades.

Projects idea arises from the organic circulation within the Mediterranean, turning towards fleeting substances like water and air that overflow state borders in the meanwhile being affected by human activity locally. It brings together local and international artists delving into the issues of water, hydrology, circulation, borders and toxicity in Marseilles and beyond through poetry, video, installation and performance. It is also looking at how pollutants disrupt the ‘postcard dream’ of the Mediterranean cities deforming rivers, soils, surface/deep and salt/freshwater, silts and other sediments affecting all kind of bodies. The project also aims to explore the growing correlation between an increasing climate chaos that should be addressed across borders, and nation-states enclosing their borders even tighter, excluding any sort of ‘others’.

Marseilles, with its crowded beaches, port infrastructure and geography has long had difficulties with water pollution. Recently, the city was named among the most plastic-polluted coastlines in the Mediterranean, according to the World Wide Fund for Nature. Contamination comes from the port, the excess of cruise ships transiting through the city’s waters, low air quality, heavy industrialisation of the regional seaboard including the presence of oil refineries and petrochemical industries — particularly at the Étang de Berre —, as well as the rejection of effluents (toxic red sludge) by Gardanne’s alumina production plant into the sea, notably in the Calanques National Park. Even the river of Marseilles, L’Huveaune, has been severely polluted in the last decades.

Spoiled Waters Spilled touches both upon the fragile ecosystems we are living in today, and the possibilities to ‘stay with the trouble’ or continue living on the endangered planet. It addresses a universal topic that many are feeling affected by in the wider region. The air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat —substances we dependent on to live— are undergoing a pernicious but steady contamination. Public health risks are alerting and impacts on physical conditions and psyche inevitable for residents of contaminated areas and further — as who can escape pollution?

Spoiled Waters Spilled touches both upon the fragile ecosystems we are living in today, and the possibilities to ‘stay with the trouble’ or continue living on the endangered planet. It addresses a universal topic that many are feeling affected by in the wider region. The air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat —substances we dependent on to live— are undergoing a pernicious but steady contamination. Public health risks are alerting and impacts on physical conditions and psyche inevitable for residents of contaminated areas and further — as who can escape pollution?

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

June 4 – July 13, 2020

TO THE VENUE'S WEBSITE

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

June 4 – July 13, 2020

TO THE VENUE'S WEBSITE

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