ON-TRADE-OFF: GREEN GOLD
SAMMY BALOJI, JEAN KATAMBAYI MUKENDI, GEORGES SENGA, DADDY TSHIKAYA, MAARTEN VANDEN EYNDE & MUSASA
MARCH 14TH – APRIL 13TH, 2019
The collective project On-Trade-Off is conceived as a transdisciplinary knowledge platform. Each participant approaches this project according to their own tools and media of choice. The culmination is a collaborative source that aims to promote a more sustainable and supportive method of artistic production. In order to develop this holistic vision, On-Trade-Off encourages the participation of actors from various fields (filmmakers, artists, thinkers, activists, non-governmental organizations, local communities, etc.). On-Trade-Off brings together Sammy Baloji, Jean-Pierre Bekolo, Alexis Destoop, Marjolijn Dijkman, Gulda El Magambo, Femke Herregraven, Jean Katambayi Mukendi, Frank Mukunday & Tshibangu Treasure, Rosa Spaliviero, Georges Senga, Daddy Tshikaya, Maarten Vanden Eynde and Musasa
Galerie Imane Farès is delighted to host the exhibition On-Trade-Off: Green Gold, second part of this collective project.
The exhibition On-Trade-Off: Green Gold brings together the works of six artists from this collective: Sammy Baloji, Jean Katambayi Mukendi, Georges Senga, Daddy Tshikaya, Maarten Vanden Eynde and Musasa. It revolves around the extraction of mineral resources from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), revealing the problematic undersides to this industrial system.
The ironic title of this event refers to several works exhibited that take as a starting point the production system of lithium – the third chemical element of the periodic table of elements. Dubbed «green gold», lithium is both a fundamental resource for ecological transition, but also an element at the heart of a virulent industrial and economic circuit. Enabling the mass production of lithium-ion batteries used for smartphones or cars, lithium becomes a commodity, a currency. The «new black gold» is then turned into money, effectively becoming a «green gold». Through mediums as varied as painting, sculpture, photography or technical drawing, the six artists dissect the multiple stages of the production of lithium and copper and trace their origins to the DRC. Oscillating between scientific, documentary and even caricatural aesthetics, the artworks are gathered in an organic logic.
– Line Ajan