Deadly Affairs

Environmental injustice through toxic trades

23.03 — 30.06.2019 Group exhibition

Participating artists Boris Anje, Adrien Tirtiaux, Don´t Follow the Wind, Franziska Pierwoss, Hira Nabi, Jessika Khazrik, Neda Saeedi, Valentino Bellini, Various Artists/ Aka Trudo Engels, Daniel Lambo, Natascha Sadr Haghighian and Ashkan Sepahvand, among others

We are living in an age in which human impact on the planet is so terrifyingly profound that it shall leave its traces for millennia to come. At the heart of this accelerating planetary change, lies the excessive and expanding modes of extraction, production, and disposal necessary to support the perpetual economic growth inherent to the modern, and particularly western, project.

The exhibition will look into how the privileges we live in right now, the rights our forms of citizenship grant us, are possible only by the exploitation of land and the environment of others outside the confines of our European jurisdictions. ‘Deadly Affairs’ follows the flow of exploitation of labor, land and resources from the heart of Europe towards a space outside of its borders and focuses on the complexities surrounding toxic waste trade.

The exhibition will present research materials of experiences of the toxic in, and related to, Belgium, and the work of both local and international artists engaging with an understanding of environmental injustice and the toxic in its multiple connotations. Through a historical contextualization of the European policies surrounding toxic management, a dissection of the conditions that facilitate its distribution, an understanding of the economic disparities and cultural habits that make possible the current state of things, the exhibition aims to engage the audience in a more relational understanding of the environment and its ownership and how the unequal distribution of environmental catastrophes is inherently intertwined with issues of race, capitalism, imperialism, and gender.

Curator: Antonia Alampi
Research curator: Caroline Ektander
Assistant curator: Zeynep Kubat
This exhibition is part of 'Toxic Commons', a long-term research platform on toxicity initiated by Caroline Ektander, Antonia Alampi, Simone Müller and the research group 'Hazardous Travels. Ghost Acres and the Global Waste Economy' of the Rachel Carson Center which includes researchers Ayushi Dhawan, Maximilian Feichtner and Jonas Stuck.

Image: Pierre Malychef, Jessika Khazrik or The Society of False Witnesses, "Content, Contact and Danger", photography, 1995-2015-ongoing

Location Kunsthal Extra City - Antwerpen-Berchem, Eikelstraat 25-31, 2600 Antwerpen