Spoiled Waters Spilled
From 11th September until 25th October 2020 - 02:00pm
Ballet national de Marseille
Spoiled Waters Spilled is an exhibition addressing issues related to toxicity, circulation and waters (and rivers in particular) in Marseilles and beyond. It observes the organic circulation, within the Mediterranean, of flowing substances such as water and air, which exceed states’ borders while being slowly affected at the local level by human activity. Through poetry, video, installation and performance, it considers how industrial, agricultural and domestic pollutants disrupt the ‘postcard-dream’ image used by cities deforming rivers, soils, sediments and waters where bodies of all kinds are contaminated. The project also aims to explore the growing tension between the need for transnational responses to climate change and the enforcement by nation states of ever stricter border policies, which often serve to exclude different ‘others’ and further externalize ecological problems.
Spoiled Waters Spilled is launched at the Ballet National de Marseille in September 2020 in the framework of Manifesta 13 Les Parallèles du Sud, before travelling to the MMAG Foundation in Amman, Jordan in 2021.
The exhibition will open on Thursday, September 10, from 7pm with a guided tour by the curators, a talk by Elvia Teotski and a performance by Jessika Khazrik. It will be on until October 25, 2020.
Curators: Clelia Coussonnet and Inga Lāce
Participants: Atlas de la France Toxique, Minia Biabiany, René Char, Marjolijn Dijkman & Toril Johannessen, Marianne Fahmy, Valentina Karga, Jessika Khazrik for The Society of False Witnesses, Anouk Kruithof, Daisy Lafarge, Rikke Luther, Lisa Robertson and Elvia Teotski.