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On-Trade-Off: Green Gold

Sammy Baloji, Jean Katambayi Mukendi, Georges Senga, Daddy Tshikaya, Maarten Vanden Eynde – Musasa

March 14 – April 13, 2019

The on-trade off collective project is designed as a cross-disciplinary 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 diverse fields (director, 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, Frank Mukunday – Treasure Tshibangu, Rosa Spaliviero, Georges Senga, Daddy Tshikaya, Maarten Vanden Eynde and Mr. Musasa.

The Imane Farès Gallery is pleased to host the exhibition On-Trade-Off: Green Gold, for the second part of this collective project.

The exhibition On-Trade-Off: Green Gold brings together the works of six artists of this collective: Sammy Baloji, Jean Katambayi, Georges Senga, Daddy Tshikaya, Maarten Vanden Eynde and Musasa. It revolves around the extraction of mining resources from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), revealing the problematic side of this industrial system.

The ironic title of this event refers to several works on display that take as their starting point the lithium production system – the third chemical element of the periodic table of elements. Nicknamed “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. Allowing the mass production of lithium-ion batteries used for smartphones or cars, it becomes a convenience, a currency. The “new black gold” then turns into currency, becoming in fact a “green gold”.

Extraction, evaporation, purification, calcination. Emblems of the Anthropocene1 by their devastating effects on the planet, these complex processes are revealed in the works on display. Through mediums as varied as painting, sculpture, photography or technical drawing, the six artists dissect the multiple stages of lithium and copper production and trace its origin set in the DRC. Oscillating between scientific aesthetics, documentaries and even caricatures, the works are gathered here according to an organic logic.

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Digital Photography. Available edition 1/5
Carved Malachite, unique work, courtesy of the artist and Gallery Meessen De Clercq / Commissioned by the 4th Lubumbashi Biennale
Acrylic on canvas, unique work, courtesy of the artist and gallery Meessen De Clercq / Commission for the 9th Biennale Contour
Acrylic on canvas, unique work, courtesy of the artist and gallery Meessen De Clercq / Commission for the 9th Biennale Contour
Acrylic on canvas, unique work, courtesy of the artist and gallery Meessen De Clercq / Commission for the 9th Biennale Contour
Ballpoint pen and marker on paper, 100 x 70 cm, unique edition
Ballpoint pen and marker on paper, 100 x 70 cm, unique edition
Mixed media, 95 x 95 x 95 x 95 x 140 cm, Unique piece, Courtesy of the artist and Trampoline
Inkjet printing on baryta paper, 80 x 120.45 cm, courtesy of the artist and gallery Imane Farès
Inkjet printing on baryta paper, 80 x 120.45 cm, courtesy of the artist and gallery Imane Farès
Inkjet printing on baryta paper, 80 x 120.45 cm, courtesy of the artist and gallery Imane Farès